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    Human Trafficking: 65 Bangladeshi workers rescued in Malaysia

    Malaysian immigration police have rescued 65 Bangladeshi workers, believed to be victims of human trafficking, from the dormitory of a foreign worker recruitment company in Bandar Baru Nilai and arrested two Malaysians over the incident.

  • Mohammad Asem

    Human Trafficking to Malaysia: CID arrests 'kingpin'

    The CID on Sunday arrested the alleged godfather of a human trafficking ring that ran boats to carry people from Bangladesh to Malaysia.

  • Pathetically low conviction rate of traffickers

    We are quite dismayed to know that between February 2012 and June 2018, despite a recorded number of 4,152 cases of human trafficking, only 25 people have been convicted.

  • Ensuring labour rights can tackle human trafficking

    Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on counter trafficking efforts, mostly on investigation and criminal prosecution, raids to "rescue" irregular migrants and sex workers who are thought to be potential victims and trainings to raise awareness among those who might possibly experience or encounter human trafficking.

  • Recognise the extent and seriousness of human trafficking

    Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall victim to traffickers in their own countries and abroad. Despite seldom making the headlines, trafficking in persons also remains one of the biggest challenges for national security and law enforcement agencies throughout world—as the United Nations explained, “every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims.”

  • Asia's trafficking survivors dial in for justice

    When Neha Maldar testifies against the traffickers who enslaved her as a sex worker in India, she spoke about the safety of her own country, Bangladesh, via video conferencing, a technology that could revolutionise the pursuit of justice in such cases.

  • Student/Trafficked Episode 3: The Long Road Home

    Investigation follows traffickers to Bangladesh

    In the middle of a bustling town in Bangladesh, two R.AGE undercover journalists hide in a van, listening in as one human trafficker after another sold their lies.

  • Malaysia plans special court on human trafficking as cases soar

    Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who says it would help deliver justice to victims.

  • Trafficking: 600 KL airport staff transferred

    Authorities transfer some 600 immigration staff out of the Kuala Lumpur Inter­national Airport (KLIA) station after some of them were suspected of being involved in the smuggling in of Bangladeshis.

  • Human trafficking bid foiled in Teknaf

    Bangladesh police arrested an alleged human trafficker and intercepted two Rohingya refugees preparing to board a boat for Malaysia, officials said yesterday.

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    Bangladesh to Malaysia: A new way to student trafficking

    In this second part video of a documentary series, Malaysian journalists go undercover to experience the desperate living conditions of migrant workers mostly from Bangladesh in Malaysia. It shows how an international human trafficking ring uses private colleges in Malaysia to exploit young Bangladeshis.

  • Horrors of human trafficking

    The horrific exploitation of human beings by traffickers, as detailed in a report published by this newspaper yesterday, calls for increased vigilance against this menace.

  • Bangladesh to Malaysia: Inside student trafficking trade

    Thousands of young Bangladeshis are trafficked to Malaysia through obscure private colleges and their unscrupulous “agents”.

  • Human Trafficking Cases: Conviction rate keeps falling

    Prosecutions over human trafficking related cases in the country have been reducing each year and came down alarmingly last year mainly because of faulty case filings, inappropriate victim identification and lack of allegations raised by victims.

  • Human Trafficking from Bangladesh: Kingpins remain unpunished

    In the last five years, as many as 2,733 people have been rescued from the clutches of human traffickers in Cox's Bazar. And 242 cases were filed against some 1,355 people over the incidents. However, not a single one has been disposed of.

  • ‘Tribunal can speed up trials against human traffickers’

    The government needs to establish a separate tribunal for speeding up trials to combat human trafficking.

  • Migrants' woes

    More than a thousand families in Pakoria union of Tangail faced deception at different stages when they did send or tried to send at

  • Bangladesh human trafficking situation worsens

    The biggest problem with trafficking from Bangladesh is of course the inability to successfully address the issue of high recruitment fees which leads to victims becoming entrapped into bonded labour. The problems are multifarious and require political will to rectify the systemic faults that exist. Unless we start making some changes, Bangladesh's position is not likely to see improvement in the next year's report.

  • US Trafficking in Persons Report: Efforts on probe, trial inadequate

    Bangladesh fared poorly in fighting human trafficking in 2016, mainly due to poor investigation and prosecution, according to a report of the US State Department.

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    Probe deaths in immigration detention centres: Rights body to Malaysia

    Human rights body Fortify Rights has demanded Malaysia to investigate deaths in its immigration detention centres without delay and re-open an investigation into the human trafficking of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and Bangladeshis in recent years.

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    Human trafficking: 9 rescued in Dhaka

    Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members have rescued nine people while being illegally trafficked to Malaysia and Cyprus and detained nine alleged members of an international human trafficking racket.

  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons

    On July 30, the United Nations observed the World Day against Trafficking in Persons to highlight the issue to protect millions of lives from human trafficking.

  • One year a slave

    A 15-year-old who boarded a boat in 2014 at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar believing he would earn a fortune in Malaysia, returned home on

  • Bangladeshi jailed in Malaysia

    A Malaysian court yesterday jailed a Bangladeshi for 10 years, finding him guilty of trafficking three fellows through the

  • Bangladeshi imprisoned 10yrs for trafficking in Malaysia

    A Malaysian court sentences a Bangladeshi national to 10 years, finding him guilty of trafficking three fellows through Andaman Sea of Songkhla province of Thailand between 2014 and 2015.

  • Reel to real

    Remember last year's Bollywood blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan? Where its protagonist tries to take a mute six-year-old Pakistani girl back to her homeland to reunite her with her family?

  • Malaysia admits its officials’ involvement in trafficking

    Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says his government is not ruling out the possibility that its top-ranked officers are involved in the human trafficking and passport forgery syndicate.

  • Fighting human trafficking

    Despite the continuous hue and cry about human trafficking (in the media), very little has actually been done to fight the menace...

  • Govt to curb issuing official passports

    The government decides to curb the issuance of official passports for its employees across the country in view of allegations of human trafficking in disguise of government officials.

  • Illegal routes on Thai-Malaysia border still open and in use

    The lane starts deep inside the forest behind a rubber tree estate in Felcra Lubuk Sireh. It takes an hour and a half to get there on a motorcycle. Walking there takes four hours.