Patrick Brown/UNICEF/Panos Pictures

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Rohingya refugee Abdullah (15) who along with his sister Shahina (17) became victims of the human traffickers who are increasingly preying on the vulnerable Rohingya refugee problem. Their father paid smugglers to take the pair to Malaysia, where Shahina's husband-to-be lived. The first sign that something was amiss came when Shahina and Abdullah found themselves on a bus heading north towards the Indian border. After a long walk through fields and forest, while evading frontier guards, the youngsters were locked in the basement of an isolated house, while the traffickers set about extorting money for their release. ''They called my father and demanded more money, and then they started beating us'', recalls Shahina. ''It was terrifying.'' It was ten days before terms for their freedom were finally agreed. The family still owes a large debt to the relatives who paid the ransom.

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Patrick Brown/UNICEF/Panos Pictures
Cox's Bazar
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3998 x 5000 pixels
33.85 x 42.33 cm (300 dpi)
13.33 x 16.67 inch (300 dpi)
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