Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Malaysia relisted On US Trafficking Blacklist
Washington's annual "Trafficking in Persons Report", released yesterday, says Malaysia is failing to comply with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking and "is not making significant efforts to do so".
The report said that while the Malaysian government took early steps to fight sex trafficking, it has yet to fully tackle labour trafficking. It said there were "credible allegations", including those in a US Senate report this year,that some immigration officials took part in trafficking and extorting refugees from Myanmar.
Malaysia, which is listed with 16 other countries, including six newly-added African nations, could face sanctions such as the withholding of non-humanitarian, non-trade related US aid.