KLIA immigration officers arrested over smuggling Bangladeshis

Source: The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Several immigration officers based at KL International Airport have been arrested as part of investigations into the smuggling of Bangladeshis by syndicates.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the investigations would determine if the officers had a hand in the illegal activities.

He vowed to take severe action against those who violate the department’s code of ethics and integrity and has not ruled the possibility of more arrests. Read more

Accused challenges legality of human trafficking law

Source: FMT News

Housewife says provision that allows prosecution to tender unverified evidence will put her at a disadvantage. Pic from FMT News.

Housewife says provision that allows prosecution to tender unverified evidence will put her at a disadvantage. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: In what is seen as a first-of-its-kind case, an accused has filed a constitutional challenge that a provision in the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and Smuggling Act 2007 will deny her a fair trial.

Housewife M Vigneswari said Section 61 A of the law was in breach of Articles 5 and 8 of the Federal Constitution, the Evidence Act and the Criminal Procedure Code.

This provision allows the prosecution to record an out-of-court testimony, made under oath, from victims and witnesses for later use in court.

Such a statement from foreigners, who have been deported, is prima facie evidence that can be used to prove the prosecution’s case. Read more

Perak police rescue 18 human trafficking victims in Gerik

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HumanTrafficking2IPOH, Feb 26 — Perak police rescued 18 locals, including five children, believed to be victims of a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu near Gerik, about 170km from here early today.

The victims comprising five men and six women aged between 27 and 64; two boys aged 13 and 17; and five children aged betweeb two and seven.

A police team rescued the victims in a raid at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tasek, Belukar Semang at the Kroh sub-district at 12.10am.

State CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee said a married couple believed to have masterminded the syndicate was detained to facilitate investigations. Read more

‘Malaysia committed to combating human trafficking’

Source: The Star Online

HumanTrafficking2PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is committed to combating human trafficking, with 100 convictions involving 33 people under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said yesterday that this was an increase from seven convictions in 2015.

The convictions, he said, were secured through operations carried out by the Council for the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants with various agencies.

Out of these cases, 79 were for the trafficking of persons and nine were for migrants smuggling, said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister.

“Twelve cases were brought under the Immigration Act, the Penal Code and other Acts involving prison sentences of between three and 10 years as well as other penalties,” he said in a statement here. Read more

KDN: Siasatan kes dagang manusia meningkat 2 kali ganda

Sumber: FMT News

Peningkatan itu hasil operasi bersepadu berterusan penguatkuasaan, timbalan pendakwa raya, pegawai pelindung dan anggota Mapo.

HumanTrafficking2PUTRAJAYA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata sebanyak 100 sabitan kes di bawah Akta Antipemerdagangan Orang dan Antipenyeludupan Migran 2007 (Atipsom) direkodkan tahun lepas berbanding 7 pada 2015.

Beliau berkata peningkatan sabitan itu adalah hasil operasi bersepadu yang berterusan oleh pasukan penguatkuasaan, timbalan pendakwa raya, pegawai pelindung dan anggota Majlis Antipemerdagangan Orang dan Antipenyeludupan Migran (Mapo).

Sabitan tahun lepas melibatkan 33 orang dengan 79 sabitan kes pemerdagangan orang, 9 penyeludupan migran dan 12 kes di bawah Akta Imigresen, Kanun Keseksaan serta akta lain, merangkumi hukuman penjara antara 3 dan 10 tahun serta penalti tertentu mengikut peruntukan akta terbabit, katanya. Read more

Two children who were believed to be victims of trafficking were rescued by police

Source: The Sundaily

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Pic taken from The Sundaily

KUALA LUMPUR: Two siblings aged two and seven, who were believed to be victims of trafficking by their biological mother were rescued by the Bukit Aman anti-vice, gambling and secret society division (D7) on Tuesday.

A police team from the Anti Trafficking In Persons and Anti Smuggling of Migrants unit raided a shoplot in Taman Miharja, Cheras at 9.15am.

City CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said police found the two children and the mother in a room at the shoplot located on the third floor.

There were other tenants in the shoplot.

Rusdi revealed that police had been staking out the premises for a week to track the comings and goings of the mother.

“Our investigations revealed that these two children are victims of exploitation by their mother,” he said.

“Kuala Lumpur police are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the case. We will also speak to the children to get information from them and are also speaking to other witnesses,” he said. Read more

NGO Slams Malaysia’s Anti-Human Trafficking Record

Source: BenarNews

A police officer patrols through an abandoned camp used by human traffickers in a jungle in the Malaysian northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand, AFP pic, May 26, 2015.

Malaysia needs to do much more to stop human trafficking and modern-day slavery, says the head of a local NGO that has worked for 25 years to champion rights for migrants and refugees as well as expose abuses against them.

“The crime of human trafficking is a major problem in this country, as Malaysia does not have a good system that protects immigrants, refugees and those who have been manipulated or abused,” Tenaganita Director Glorene Das told BenarNews,

“Nobody wants to be a victim of human trafficking, illegal immigration … [or] being treated like garbage and enslaved without any human rights protection,” she said.

Tenaganita and other NGOs have criticized the Malaysian government for allegedly not doing enough to shield people who are trafficked into the country from being exploited or abused in other ways on Malaysian soil, and who are among an estimated population of two million undocumented foreign migrants in the country. Read more

Crime analysts give their take on cross-border human traffickers

Source: The Rakyat Post

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. — Bernama file pic

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. — Bernama file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18, 2015 — Crime analysts have called for severe punishment for the culprits in the human trafficking cases related to the discovery of illegal detention camps in Perlis recently.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said those involved should even be cited for genocide or mass murder.

“However, it depends on the evidence because we can only prosecute them if we have sufficient proof,” he said. Read more

Move to amend Whistleblower Act

Source: The Star Online

THE Government wants to amend the Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 to improve the integrity of enforcement officers, especially those stationed at the country’s borders.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the Prime Minister’s Department had received feedback on measures to improve the Act. Read more

Eradicate rampant corruption, and stem the loss of lives — Bar Council

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY THE BAR COUNCIL

JUNE 8 — The Malaysian Bar refers to the astonishing article published in the New Straits Times (“NST”) of June 3, 2015 that discloses that “a staggering 80 per cent of the nation’s security personnel and law officers at Malaysian borders are corrupt”. [1]

NST claims that evidence of this pervasive and systemic corruption is found in a “controversial report compiled by the Special Branch”, which is “the result of 10 years of covert, deep-cover surveillance and intelligence gathering by the Special Branch at the nation’s border checkpoints, and at different enforcement agencies throughout the country”.  NST also stated that the personnel of the enforcement agencies “were not only on the take, but many were on the payroll of syndicates dealing with drugs, weapons and even human smuggling”. Read more