BARISAN NASIONAL’S SIMPLISTIC APPROACH TO PROBLEMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ILLEGAL SEX INDUSTRY

 

 

Press Statement

22 December 2006

 

BARISAN NASIONAL’S SIMPLISTIC APPROACH TO PROBLEMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ILLEGAL SEX INDUSTRY

 

The unfortunate incident experienced by Ji Zhe Hua highlights the weaknesses of the BN Government in solving the the nation’s problems, particularly in resolving the alarming issues in human trafficking and the illegal sex industry, which also involves foreign women. Miss Ji Zhe Hua is a victim of the BN’s weaknesses and the simplistic approach to solving her case and related problems.

KeADILan Women regards the exploitation and commercialisation of women in illegal sex and related issues, which involves foreign women in Malaysia as deplorable incidents. The government must better demonstrate and prove their commitment in eradicating the vice. To merely suspect women visitors from China as prospective prostitutes, intimidating them at entertainment spots and points of entry into Malaysia are purely simplistic attempts in resolving problems.

Getting to the bottom of issues and problems in illegal sex and human trafficking demands a shift in thinking and a change in approach. In the majority of cases, women are the victims of a huge and systematic network of illegal syndicates. Women become victims, therefore, they need help and protection from the authorities, but in reality, the opposite happens. Women are those who are usually captured while the operators of illegal sex and human traffickers remain scot free to continue exploiting women and do as they please, reaping millions in vice oprations.

KeADILlan Women strongly asserts that the BN Government has continually failed to effectively handle the problems of illegal sex and human trafficking, with no clear commitment to put in existence the anti-human trafficking laws.

The incidence of rampant corruption among enforcement personnel has presistently made it difficult to combat the vices and break the syndicates’ operations which continue to flourish day by day.

KeaADILan Women demands the sensitivity and commitment of the BN Government in resolving the problems mentioned, particularly by the Woman Minister, to ensure the liberation of many women from such deplorable condition in Malaysia.

 

Hjh Fuziah Salleh

Head of Women Wing

KeADILan

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