By Steven Sim
The annual US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was released yesterday.
Malaysia improved our position from “Tier 2 Watch List”, where we were since 2015, to “Tier 2” this year.
The last time we were in Tier 2 was 13 years ago in 2004 when the government amended the Anti-Money Laundering Act to enable the seizure of assets linked to trafficking activities.
Thus, it is clear that when there are significant actions by the federal government, our ranking in the TIP Report does indeed improve.
With regards to this, kudos to the federal government and agencies involved for the improved efforts in combating human trafficking.
However, we must not celebrate just yet.
The definition of Tier 2 is: “Countries whose governments DO NOT fully comply with the minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.”
In other words, Malaysia still has not complied with international standards to fight human trafficking. Read more