A Royal Malaysian Police forensic team handles exhumed human remains in a jungle at Bukit Wang Burma in the Malaysian northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand, on May 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN
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Malaysia said Thursday it believes 139 people are buried in marked graves at remote detention camps used by people-smugglers on the Thai border, with each wrapped in white cloth in Muslim tradition.Thai authorities acted after discovering some 33 bodies in mass graves in camps in the country's south, exposing a deadly trade in Muslim Rohingya who are fleeing persecution in Myanmar, as well as Bangladeshis seeking better opportunities abroad.Malaysia has previously said it had discovered 139 grave sites. When asked by AFP if he now believed there were 139 bodies in total, Wan Junaidi said: "Yes". Because the site is so rugged, and reachable only by a long trek through thick jungle, the bodies will likely be recovered from the Thai side, he added.The discovery of the graves has shone a spotlight on how the mass trafficking could have gone on under the noses of authorities and residents on both sides of the rugged and porous Thai-Malaysia border.
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