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Tricked And Trapped: Inside The Rohingya Trade

After escaping violence in Myanmar, Rohingya women find themselves still vulnerable in Bangladesh's refugee camps.


They witnessed their families being murdered and their homes burned to the ground in what the UNcalls a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".


With only the clothes they were wearing, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled their villages in Myanmar in search of refuge in Bangladesh.


But hidden behind closed doors in the sprawling refugee camps, many Rohingya women and girls continue to be exploited and abused.


According to UN estimates, women and girls make up two-thirds of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.


Al Jazeera's 101 East went to find out how women are being trafficked, tricked and traded amid the chaos of Bangladesh's crowded camps.


Fatima, 15, child bride: 'I can't say no'


Fatima still remembers the day in August 2017, when soldiers from the Myanmar military came to her village - and suddenly everything changed.


"I used to hang out with my friends, putting on makeup, shopping for clothes and eating. We'd chat with friends and family, laugh and enjoy ourselves," she says.


A few months on, she stands in her family's hut in Kutupalong refugee camp on Bangladesh's border with Myanmar. Her hands are decorated with henna, drawn in preparation for her wedding.


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