Friday, August 28, 2009

Malaysia records 226 trafficking victims

Malaysia records 226 trafficking victims 2009-08-26 21:21:23

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian Royal Police has recorded 226 trafficking victims from Feb. 28 last year until Aug. 12 this year.

According to the statistics released by the Malaysian police during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) National Human Rights Institutions Forum which ended here on Wednesday, the police had rescued 201 trafficking victims, while 25 other victims had made report to the police by their own.

Four members of the ASEAN had attended the two-day forum here, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

The Malaysian police said that total investigated cases was 55,including two cases that was handled by the Malaysian Immigration Department.

The police also said that the total number of prosecuted cases for the trafficking statistics was 20, five cases were convicted and 15 cases were still in on-going trials.

In addition, the police said that Malaysia has enforced the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007 on February last year and established a council which comprised of six committees.

The six committees included the legislation committee led by the Malaysian Attorney Department, the enforcement committee led by the Malaysian Royal Police, the protection and rehabilitation committee led by the Malaysian Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, and the Media and Publicity Committee for Anti-Trafficking in Persons led by the Malaysian Information, Communication and Heritage Ministry.

Under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007, women and children under the age of 18 would be protected in shelter homes, said the police.

The police also recommended the Malaysian Government to increase publicity, shelter homes, enforcement, specialists, regional collaboration in sharing information on human trafficking at the forum.

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