Poverty and Child Trafficking in Malaysia

The link between poverty and child trafficking and the effort of Malaysian authorities in combating the problem.
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  POVERTY AND CHILD TRAFFICKING IN MALAYSIA: CHARTING THE LEGAL EFFORT DINA IMAM SUPAAT FACULTY OF SYARIAH AND LAW, UNIVERSITI SAINS ISLAM MALAYSIA  LINA ã “ Lina (not her real name) is only eight years old. At her age, she should be in school, playing and studying, or enjoying time with her friends. But Lina is not so lucky. Her days have been dark and painful ever since her own father sold her to a syndicate that exploited her sexually. Everyday, Lina, whose hometown is Selangor, had to provide sexual favours to men who were old enough to be her brother, father or grandfather. She was controlled by a man simply called uncle , never knowing why she was treated the way she was. She was unaware of her rights as a child. Though most people do not realise it, such cases occur frequently around us. The reality is that Lina is but a drop in the ocean of child victims of trafficking .” ( Source:Bernama)  ã If you think that child trafficking only takes place in countries, such as Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, then you are sorely mistaken. ã Such sordid crimes are actually widespread in the country. ã Malaysian victims of child trafficking have been rescued from countries, such as Canada, Japan, Germany and the United States. ã Today, Malaysia is not only a transit route for this heinous crime but is also actively providing victims and organising trafficking arrangements to destination countries. ã Malaysia is strategically located by land and sea in Southeast Asia hence, it is famous amongst traffickers.  WHAT is Child Trafficking? ã Trafficking of children  is a form of human trafficking. ã Human trafficking is one of the most extreme forms of exploitation that exist in the 21 st  century. ã Traffickers show contempt for human life and deny their victims the basic right to freedom. ã Human trafficking is a global problem, which is occurring in all societies. ã Child trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation. ã Child trafficking is about taking children out of their protective environment and preying on their vulnerability for the purpose of exploitation.
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