Santiago: Human trafficking court like putting cart before the horse

Source: FMT News 

The major problem now is with the enforcement authorities, says Santiago. Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Breaking off the nexus between enforcement authorities and human traffickers is key to end the inhuman trade, Klang MP Charles Santiago asserts.

The parliamentarian, who is vocal on the issue, said without this all-important first step, the setting up of a special court to handle human trafficking cases was useless.

“It is akin to putting the cart before the horse,” he added.

“A court on human trafficking is only effective if enforcement and education go hand in hand.

“The major problem now is with the enforcement authorities. Local media reports tell us that human traffickers are working hand in glove with enforcement officers.

“The priority right now should be to end the nexus between enforcement authorities and human traffickers,” he told FMT today.

Santiago was asked to comment on Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s proposal to set up a special court as part of the measures to get Malaysia into the top-ranked Tier 1 list of countries in the United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TiP) annual report by 2020.

Zahid said this in an interview with The Star after the daily published a special report on Aug 14 on an international human trafficking ring that used private colleges to lure young Bangladeshis here with false promises of higher education and job opportunities.

Santiago said a special court on human trafficking was not needed, as the existing courts could deal with such cases. Read more