HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT 2009 BY USA – WHY MALAYSIA INCLUDED?
1. As a source and transit for women and children for commercial exploitation, and forced labour either willingly or illegal.
2. Migrant workers are victimized by their employer/ agents/traffickers. Work more than 14-18 hours a day. No weekend rest. Passport held by the employer. No payment for the first 3 month but was paid to the agent. This are the MOU signed between Malaysia and Indonesian government.
3. Immigrant came for work and already paid some money but forced into prostitution after entering Malaysia. This involved traffickers, agent, employer.
4. If these people are caught and found as illegal immigrant, there will be depot to a detention place and send home immediately. No investigation done why they came here, who were involved, were they was exploited sexually or as forced labour. So no body will be caught.
5. Government enforcement are not very effective. Even the immigration director general and his deputy were arrested for graft and corruption involving the visas and visitation passes.
6. All of these showed that Malaysian achievement against human trafficking issue has reached not even minimal standard required by the USA.
Conclusion: Malaysia is a Islamic country and most of the people are Muslim but we are still below bar in enforcing this human trafficking problems. NOTES: Arab Saudi also included by the USA
Pic below: A Malaysian policeman checks passports of migrant workers
Pic below: This is the picture that re-emerges from preliminary estimates in an on-going church study which indicate that there are somewhere between 30,000 and 32,000 trafficked persons in Sabah alone based on the official figures of 600,000 to 800,000 migrant workers in the state
Pic below: JOHOR BARU: Police may set up a special team to investigate the use of Pengerang by syndicates as the entry and exit point for illegal immigrants. Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said
Pic below: Hla Myat Thu was one of a large group of Burmese nationals who took what she thought was a good and promising job last November: about $140 a month to work at the Japanese Konica Company in Malacca, Malaysia, a couple hours outside Kuala Lumpur. However, after they arrived in Malaysia and worked for a month, they were told there were no more jobs as the company was laying off employees and possibly would shut down later. The agents told Hla Myat Thu and her friends that they would have to pay about $1000 a piece to be allowed to return to Burma. Otherwise, they would have to stay in Malaysia and work for a fraction of what they were promised