Abused workers kept in jungles, says Tenaganita

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Most cases involving the abuse of migrant workers occur deep in jungles and in plantations located far from towns, the human rights organisation Tenaganita has alleged.

According to Tenaganita executive director Glorene Das, the abused workers, including those with families, are kept in “absolute isolation” from the outside world.

“Many don’t even know where they are and are too afraid to leave or run away because they have been threatened by the employers and agents, who use local gangsters to control them,” she told FMT.

She said Tenaganita was also aware of families brought into Malaysia on tourist visas and then sent to work deep in the jungles. She said they would remain in employment after the expiry of their visas.

“The agents and employers practise this form of exploitation and violation because there is no clear comprehensive policy for recruitment, placement and employment of migrant workers,” she added.

She was responding to a recent news report about human trafficking and the abuse of eighteen people at an oil palm plantation in Pengkalan Hulu.

According to The Star daily, the victims, including five children, were lured to the isolated plantation, accessible only by four-wheel drive along dirt roads. After their rescue, they told police they were made to work long hours, with the children forced to carry the harvested fruits. 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