Combating human trafficking is a Malaysian challenge

Josh Hong

An abandoned camp where police found mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, in 2015. The site is an alleged human-trafficking camp, with the bodies mostly those of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. Malaysia was downgraded to a Tier 3 in the recent United States Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report. – EPA pic, July 5, 2021.

IN the latest United States State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report, Malaysia has been downgraded to Tier 3, meaning the country “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so”. This is the first time Malaysia has fallen into the lowest tier since 2014.

That Malaysia is a transit as well as destination country for human trafficking is no secret, and there is a daunting task ahead in addressing it. 

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