The authorities say the refugees have been “abusing” phone services to traffic meth. But many say the move will simply just isolate the already persecuted Rohingya community.
Dangers of drug addiction and early marriage among adolescents testify to a grim future of the community.
The navy recently seized more than $10 million worth of the drug in the country's largest ever haul. But despite authorities' efforts, smuggling is "rampant," with traffickers finding new ways to evade detection.
Southeast Asian countries have taken interdiction further than most, consistently executing people for non-violent drug crimes.