Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) forces found 11 women, 10 children and a man at a village on the Bay of Bengal coast, near the border with Myanmar, on Sunday. The 22 had paid traffickers up to $1,200 each to get a place on a small boat for the dangerous journey, a BGB officer said. The people smugglers fled before security forces arrived.
There were already 300,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh where they are largely confined to the overflowing camps.
He added that it was possible many of the young women would have ended up in "forced prostitution".
It is the fourth time since November that Rohingya have been intercepted attempting to get a boat to Muslim-majority Malaysia.
On Friday, border guards stopped 30 Rohingya from boarding a boat and sent them back to their camps.
"The refugees are lured by false promises. They simply don't have any idea how dangerous these sea journeys can be," he told AFP.
People smugglers sent tens of thousands of Rohingya from the camps to Malaysia before Bangladesh launched a crackdown in 2015.
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