Leaders of 11 faiths pledge to fight modern slavery

Source: FMT News

The religious groups will talk to people and help identify possible human trafficking victims. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite Malaysia improving its position in the United States’ Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the threat is real and many have fallen victim to modern slavery.

In Malaysia alone, 128,800 people are living in modern slavery as result of human trafficking, according to The Global Slavery Index this year.

In the wake of the alarming human trafficking issue in Malaysia, many efforts have been undertaken by the government together with human rights NGOs to combat human trafficking locally and regionally.

In solidarity with millions of women, men and children who are trafficked and enslaved, 11 faith leaders from different religions in Malaysia today signed an inter-faith joint declaration against human trafficking. Read more

129,000 trapped in slavery in Malaysia, study finds

Source: The Star Online

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PETALING JAYA: Almost 46 million across the world are trapped in modern slavery, with 129,000 people in Malaysia enslaved, a study shows.

According to the Global Slavery Index 2016, published by the Walk Free Foundation, there are 28% more people enslaved than previously estimated, with 45.8 million reported last year, compared with 35.8 million in 2014.

The report found that approximately 129,000 individuals, or 0.4% of Malaysia’s population are still trapped in modern slavery.

In the context of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has the fifth highest prevalence of slavery in terms of percentage, placing it behind Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei and Thailand.

According to the report, there were cases of forced labour and exploitation within certain industries. However, in the context of the absolute number of people trapped in modern slavery, Malaysia ranks 50th, far behind countries like Indonesia, with 736,100 people, and Myanmar, with 515,100 people. Read more