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Fear of smuggling masterminds keeps locals from reporting Rohingya

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Rohingya migrants slipping into the country are a common sight, but most witnesses are afraid to report what they see to the authorities, locals in the border district of Sadao said. 

People renting rooms in the area said they saw the migrants being brought to a deserted warehouse on Soi Thai-Jungloan 3, a stone's throw from the border with Malaysia.

More than 300 Rohingya migrants were found hiding earlier this month in the same warehouse. They are now in the custody of the authorities.

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