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Airport’s police thwart human trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on February 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Officers with the Ngurah Rai International Airport’s special police precinct foiled on Saturday the departure of eight people, six of whom were allegedly victims of human trafficking.

The eight people, who were on their way to depart to Malaysia, consisted of six female migrant workers by the names of Katrina Kali Ghobi, Ade Erwin Kondo, Sofia Ambu Kaka, Mariana Ina Kaka, Yuliana Pogo, and Nuraini M Nor. The two others were believed to be an escort named Anita Laksono and a communicator named Aziz Suparto Mustafa. The latter two’s apparent roles were facilitating the travel of the six women and introducing them to their would-be employers on the other side of the border.

Officers, consisting of airport precinct personnel and East Nusa Tenggara Police’s criminal investigation directorate, stopped them just minutes before the flight departure time at gates number 17 and 18 of the domestic departure terminal of Ngurai Rai Airport in Tuban, Badung regency. The officers took them to the airport’s precinct office and quizzed them.

“They were caught before boarding the plane,” said Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hariadi, citing that the group planned to depart on Lion Air flight JT 0017 to Jakarta, which would continue to Batam by flight JT 0372.

The six women, aged between 20 to 28-years-old, had been promised employment as domestic workers in Malaysia. They originate from East and West Nusa Tenggara provinces.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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Adopt victim-centred approach in trafficking cases, urge groups

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

There is a need to adopt a victim-centred approach when dealing with human trafficking and forced labour, the Bar Council and Tenaganita said.

This was in response to Malaysia’s placing in the United States’ Tier 2 Watch List for three years now.

The Trafficking in Persons Report 2012 said Malaysia had been given a waiver from an automatic downgrade to Tier 3 because the Govern-ment had a written plan that, if implemented, would help meet the minimum standards.

The council’s Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committeechairman Datuk M. Ramachelvam, said Malaysia should spend more for training in the identification of victims, investigation and prosecution.

 Source: The Star

Cops rescue baby from syndicate

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 am

Sarawak police rescued a three-month-old baby girl from being sold for RM17,000 to a baby-for-sale syndicate here yesterday.

The syndicate was uncovered after police questioned a 51-year-old local man who was in possession of an Indonesian passport at a coffee shop at MJC Batu Kawa township.

Suspecting that the man was a middleman for a human trafficking syndicate, police raided a nearby snooker centre at 6.30am.

In the raid, a police team from the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit and the Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Unit found three local women aged between 19 and 28, and the baby.

The team then raided an apartment on the third floor of the same building where they found the baby’s 27-year-old Indonesian mother.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Zulkifli Hassan said initial investigations revealed that the mother sought the help of the middleman to sell her baby for RM17,000 (S$6,959).

Source: Asia One

Navy rescues 150 human trafficking victims

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Rear Admiral Armando Guzman, Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) chief, said the Philippine Navy set up the rescue operation after receiving a tip that a big group of people, who may attempt to illegally leave the country, were spotted in a private wharf in Zamboanga City.

The Naval Intelligence Service Group (NISG) immediately conducted surveillance and tracked down the victims on board a motor launch in Pilas Island near Basilan province before the rescue operation was conducted Monday.

The victims, who were mostly males, carried no legal documents to travel to Malaysia and appeared to have been illegally recruited in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The victims declined to identify their recruiter, but claimed they were promised to work in a construction site and a palm oil plantation in Malaysia.

The Navy immediately brought the victims to the center for displaced persons of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) based in the city.

Source: Phil Star

Four Filipino Women Rescued from Malaysian Bar

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on April 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

Malaysian authorities have rescued 4 Filipino women who were victims of human trafficking and forced to worked in a night club in Johor Baru near the Singaporean border, Philippine officials said Friday.

The women were rescued Wednesday by the members of the Criminal Investigation Division/Anti-Human Trafficking Section of the Royal Malaysia Police, according to a report by the Philippine Embassy.

Wong locked up at the women – ages 27 to 36 – in her house and made to work at the club during the day. But the four eventually were able to ask for help from the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and others, which alerted the Philippine Embassy.

Source: Zamboanga Today

New road map to fight human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on March 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

SINGAPORE – Less offence-centric, more victim-centred – this is the principle underlying the new national plan to combat human trafficking in Singapore, which was rolled out yesterday.

The four-year National Plan of Action will see government officers trained to spot and manage victims, among other initiatives.

This signals the Government’s commitment towards fighting human trafficking in a more holistic, strategic and effective way, said Minister of State for National Development and Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who was guest of honour at the launch.

He pointed out that “Singapore, with its high people flows, is an attractive platform for human traffickers”.

Source: Asia One

Uganda’s new slave trade: Sex trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

Officials estimate that in Malaysia alone there are currently about 600 Ugandan women in forced prostitution (AFP/File, Teh Eng Koon)

Struggling to support her young son and ill mother with the income from a small shop, last year Kobusingye heard about a job opportunity earning $800 a month working at a Ugandan-owned boutique in Malaysia.

After triple-checking that the job was genuine, Kobusingye sold her shop, paid for a passport and bought a visa for China, where middlemen told her she needed transit, before being handed a ticket and boarding a plane.

But when she arrived in China, she was met by a Ugandan woman, taken to a hotel where scores of other Ugandan girls were staying and told she now owed $7,000 for the airfare.

“There were no jobs there, they had lied to me — the only thing they had taken me there for was prostitution,” said Kobusingye, who asked that her name be changed.

That night, a Nigerian man knocked on the door and said he had paid to have sex with her. Kept prisoner in her hotel room and with her passport taken away, for the next few weeks Kobusingye was forced — sometimes brutally — to sleep with up to five Nigerian men each night.

Source: Google

Girl, 15, escapes from child sex trafficking syndicate

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

A 15-year-old Malaysian girl, who has been missing for over a month after being abducted by an international child sex trafficking syndicate, has escaped from her captors in Thailand.

Selangor CID chief SAC Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the teenager managed to make a bid for her freedom with five other girls from Myanmar, all of whom were found by the Thai police at the Hua Lampong train station in Bangkok on March 11.

Sources said the girl had told officials from the Thai police that she was a Malaysian.

As she did not possess any identification documents, they had to check with the Malaysian Embassy, which then confirmed that she was reported missing in Malaysia.

Source: Asia One

600 human traffickers held

In Human Trafficking on March 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Malaysia’s cooperation with other countries in stamping out human trafficking is gradually bearing fruit.

On the home front, there is also increasing awareness with many Malaysians coming out to help the authorities, leading to the detention of almost 600 human traffickers nationwide since 2008.

Home Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi said the country had inked memorandums of understanding to curtail the problem with Australia, Saudi Arabia and Britain.

In Sabah, he said enforcement agencies rescued 21 women from human trafficking syndicates between 2008 and 2011.

He said Filipinos and Indonesians were currently sheltered at a protection home in Likas here.

Source: The Star

Human trafficking victims given employment

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on March 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

Thirty-two Bangladeshi victims of human trafficking of labour exploitation will be the first group to take up employment here under the government’s policy on human trafficking victims.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said the first group would be released Wednesday from the shelter home to take up employment in Malaysia for a three year period.

He said the policy decision was announced by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on the sidelines of the Bali Process Workshop on Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Persons that Malaysia jointly hosted with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 12.

“To provide better protection for victims of human trafficking, the government announced a major policy decision allowing the victims for labour exploitation cases to work in Malaysia upon their release from the shelter homes,” Lee said in a statement on Wednesday.

Source: The Star

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