Tuesday, February 8, 2011


In the 2007, U.S Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report has positioned Malaysian Government in 3rd rank for not completely obeying with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards for the abolishment of trafficking and not making noteworthy efforts to do so.

Malaysia has a clean record of prosecuted traffickers in the year 2006. However, the government did take legal action to 35 people for using minors for prostitution, captured 22 for acquiring brothels, and 16 persons for arranging prostitution. In a MOU with Indonesia, the Government commands employers who seize passports from migrants and detain them in their workplace in Malaysia. There have been no tribunals of these employers for trafficking.

The Malaysian government suggests protections and no legal substitutes to repatriation for victims who face difficulty in their country. The majority of trafficking victims were released because of appeals by foreign embassies.

    The Indonesian government houses about 1,100 women and children, the common of who are thought to be trafficking victims. The Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur detains large number of employer abuse and trafficking victims. Malaysia does not adequately identify its trafficking victims; most illegal migrants were deported or jailed without identifying any potential trafficking victims.

The Malaysian government has few agendas to put a stop to human trafficking. The ministry of women, family, and community development held a convention to educate police and immigration officials to recognize trafficking victims. The royal Malaysian police held a one-day seminar to work out a national tactic.

Source: ... 2006. A web resource for combating human trafficking. http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/malaysia [4 February 2011].

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