Skill training, certificate, free movement for human trafficking victims

Skill training, certificate, free movement for human trafficking victims

KUALA LUMPUR: Elementary skill training and certificates for trafficked victims in the country will be introduced this year as part of Putrajaya’s effort in improving the lives of the trafficked victims.

In addition to that, regulations were gazetted to allow the victims, who are protected in their shelter homes, to move freely and work in Malaysia, announced Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at a national conference on human trafficking.

“The government also provides a monthly subsistence allowance to trafficked victims,” he said.

“We have seen the reduction of human trafficking victims in Malaysia over the years (after all these efforts put in to combat human trafficking),” he said.

“The Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council (MAPO) has recorded a total of 543 human trafficking victims placed at shelters in the first half of 2019, as compared to 1,474 victims throughout 2018 and 2,945 in 2017,” he said.

Despite the improvement, he said the government will continue to put more focus on enforcement, prosecution, prevention and protection of trafficked victims.

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