Sunday, March 27, 2011

Article regarding human trafficking


Three years ago, President Bush declared that he had "zero tolerance" for trafficking in humans by the government's overseas contractors, and two years ago Congress mandated a similar policy.

But notwithstanding the president's statement and the congressional edict, the Defense Department has yet to adopt a policy to bar human trafficking.

A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away, according to those involved and Defense Department records.

The lobbying groups opposing the plan say they're in favor of the idea in principle, but said they believe that implementing key portions of it overseas is unrealistic. They represent thousands of firms, including some of the industry's biggest names, such as DynCorp International and Halliburton subsidiary KBR, both of which have been linked to trafficking-related concerns

Exploitation of Bangladeshis in Malaysia - HR activist terms it human trafficking
The exploitative practices centring Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia constitute nothing other than human trafficking; the governments of Bangladesh and Malaysia have not been able to protect the workers' rights, said Irene Fernandez, a veteran migrants' rights activist of Malaysia.
When they brought workers in surplus numbers to Malaysia, they were only interested in making fast cash. The outsourcing companies told Bangladeshi job brokers 'you pay me 500 ringgit per worker and find jobs for them and do whatever'. So, Bangladeshi job brokers then bought the workers from the outsourcing companies, and literally made them slaves. The brokers then told the workers 'you go and work, I will give you food and lodging'. And the workers were put to work for two, three, or four months. So, the contract that had been signed between the workers and recruiting agencies in Bangladesh, which was attested by the Bangladesh government, had no meaning any more.
The question is now, why no action is being taken against the Malaysian outsourcing companies for the fact that they violated the contracts. Again, the governments of both countries have not been able to enforce the rules. Malaysia has to make its companies accountable, and Bangladesh has to make its recruiting agencies accountable. Because the passports of the workers are being held and the workers who don't have any job are being locked up by the job brokers or the outsourcing companies, it constitutes nothing but human trafficking. And, with the global economic recession, the situation is going to worsen, because many of the companies, particularly in the manufacturing sector, are collapsing.

Malaysia gets praises for battling human trafficking.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he was informed by the prime minister's office yesterday that Australian Prime Minister recognised Malaysia's efforts and seriousness in tackling the issues of human trafficking and smuggling of immigrants.The australian prime minister conveyed this to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during a phone conversation.Expressing his delight, Hishammuddin said that the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (Amendment) Bill received a consensus from both Barisan Nasional and the opposition MPs."It shows that all of us can make a stand and agree on the importance of the bill," he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.He added that the amendment of the bill was monitored by the Australian government and they were impressed with the actions taken by Malaysia in taking precautionary measures in dealing with cross-border crimes.Hishammuddin added that he had also received the contents of the speech by Gillard through the Australian embassy.

"In the speech, Australia has stated clearly their committment to cooperate with Malaysia to reduce crimes in areas of terrorism, human trafficking and smuggling of immigrants as these are still very prevalent, and efforts will be strengthened and continued."
Earlier in parliament, Hishammuddin said from Feb to July 4 this year, 154 human trafficking cases were investigated, of which 127 cases were brought to court for trial.Of the 127 cases, 83 people were charged involving nine cases.To questions from MPs as to why those found guilty of human trafficking were not charged under the Immigration Act, Hishammuddin said it was not specifically enacted for tackling human trafficking."The Immigration Act does not have any elements on human trafficking and is not as comprehensive compared with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill. Moreover, its penalties are lower."
He said under the Immigration Act, the only action that would be taken is to charge foreign immigrant with lack of proper travel pass and deport them back to their original countries.Earlier during the debate on the bill, Hasbi Habbibollah (BN-Limbang) said many girls from the neighbouring countries were duped into the flesh trade after they were initially promised other jobs.
"In my constituency, I have personally seen teenagers who managed to escape from human traffickers and sought refuge in a mosque."
He said the country's porous borders and lack of enforcement in the area made it harder for the government to check the problem.


80 Filipino women on way to jobs in Malaysia, Middle East rescued from human traffickers

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — Philippine police have rescued 80 Filipino women from a suspected human trafficking syndicate that was planning to send them to be maids in Malaysia and the Middle East.
Police Superintendent Celso Bael said they stopped the women, who pretended to be tourists, from boarding a chartered flight from the southern city of Zamboanga to Malaysia on Thursday.
He says that, from Malaysia, some would have been be sent to Libya, Lebanon and Egypt.
He says they were recruited from the Philippine capital and nine provinces around the country.
The women have been brought to the Social Welfare Department for counselling.
Few employment opportunities at home have forced millions of Filipinos to find work abroad, even in dangerous areas



  1. There u go ireally concern and feel so worry about the ban gladeshi workers who are coming so far to malaysia jus for the sake of money.The money is so important and they work hard to get the money for the sake of them and their family in bangladesh.But someting difreent is happening in Malaysia when the bangladeshi workers are being exploit heavily.,tHis is much more to modern day capitalism which what Karl mARx have forbiden it but is is hapening in Malaysia.In this case we can see that Bangladeshi workers ends as a thief and involve in crime as they find it hard to earn money.
    A comment from Rk vinoth

  2. Seems to look like malaysia have some prob in curbing buman trafficking.Almost 80 philippines girls almost going to ruin their future in malaysia.what happend her is we cannot blame the other people in this case.What we can say is we supose to blame the philippnes girl.What they supose to do is they should investigae weater the agent which is sending then.They must know weater the agent which are sending is really reconise or not.That is the early precautions supose to take in the grassroot level.

  3. THERE U GO MALAYSIA GET GOOD HONOUR FROM THE AUSTRALIAN FOR THE EFFORT IN HUMAN TRAFICCKING.tHEY RECONISE Malaysia's efforts and seriousness in tackling the issues of human trafficking and smuggling of short we have to know that malaysian government and especially the Home Ministry and Royal Malaysian police in tackling human trafficking.On the other hand we have to know that most of the public are aware of this problem.
    A comment by Pravin Sasidharan.

  4. manuel armendez from chile is being trafficked to usa and being offered to work in a a well known hotel.everything gone when he is tortured and forced to work more then 18 hours a day.modern day capatalism is happening in Usa itself

  5. On the other side the immigration department and the police department must play a significant role in stopping human trafficking.

    a comment by suntharesan

  6. the reason why the australian praise malaysian in human trafficking aspect because we have such a good immigration system and strict law enforcement.Nowdays we can see alot of police patrol and what we call Pasukan rukun tetannga and RELA are doing such a good job.They are doing more observation and check ups

    a comment by pravin sasidharan

  7. Knowing about child trafficking and sexual abuse facts is very important. It will enable you to determine whether there is a relationship between the two or not. Child trafficking refers to the act of recruiting, transporting and harboring persons through coercion, tricks, fraud other methods with the aim of using them for slavery, bondage, servitude or sexual exploitation. It also entails forcing the abducted children into forced labor. Over the years, child trafficking cases have been on the rise. Children have been abducted on several cases after which they have been engaged in forced labor. Although many people take this act for granted, many are always devastated with their children become victims of this act. missing children