Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Malaysian Police Work with Interpol to Fight Trafficking


The Star Online:

Malaysian police is working with Interpol and the embassies here to trace and help locals who have been trafficked into foreign countries and are forced into a world of crime.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said such international cooperation was vital to bring to book human traffickers while helping Malaysians stranded overseas.

To date, he said over 50 Malaysians were arrested, charged and imprisoned in foreign countries for various offences. This includes the young female student on death row for drug trafficking in China. Her case was highlighted in the media recently.

"We believe that they are victims of human traffickers. Through deception they are promised a job and when they get there, there is no job. "They are then offered a handsome sum to carry something for smugglers and are caught in the process," he told reporters Monday after opening a pilot training course for judges and prosecutors on criminal justice responses to trafficking in persons at Marriot Hotel here.

It was reported earlier that countries Malaysians had been caught in included Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela and China.

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