HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Enforcement agencies can stop this modern-day slavery
IMUST thank the New Straits Times' investigative team for the revealing stories on human trafficking.
The authorities arrested kingpins of seven human smuggling syndicates and they are serving time at the Kamunting detention camp.
The authorities are on the lookout for 16 more syndicates attracted by the huge profits to be made in this business.
The CNN Freedom project, which aims to end slavery, has highlighted cases of migrants from India, Nepal, Myanmar, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afgha-nistan being smuggled to Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe using Malaysia as a transit point.
US Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales has given the issue top priority. The Justice Department has also created a unit designed to pursue human trafficking cases.
The NST reported that a smuggler earned RM225 million in just three years and his lieutenants pay off officers in enforcement agencies. They use forged documents and fast boats to escape.
Many non-governmental organisations help victims who fall prey to syndicates with promises of lucrative wages.
The police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission must ensure the integrity of our enforcement agencies.
Our agencies should keep a closer watch on transborder networks, using air, sea and land links, to stem modern-day slavery.