21 BANGLADESH MEN SAVED FROM BECOMING VICTIMS OF EXPLOITATION

 KLANG, 8 January 2024 – A total of 21 Bangladeshi men who are believed to be victims of human trafficking were rescued in a raid on a premises used as their residence.

 The operation was carried out by the Operational Intelligence Unit, ATIPSOM Prevention Division and AMLA of the Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) Putrajaya as a result of public complaints and intelligence information carried out. The operation carried out also used the initial investigation approach for the identification of victims of human trafficking based on the National Guideline on Human Trafficking Indicators (NGHTI) 2.0.

 The foreign nationals who were rescued consisted of 21 men between the ages of 20 and 40. All of them are believed to be victims of exploitation by being promised jobs by the company. They are also neglected without any job for about six months and are among those who have a valid temporary work visit pass but are not paid a wage (salary) by the employer. Their passports are also held and kept by employers without their consent. All subjects were taken to the Putrajaya Immigration Headquarters for further action.

 JIM will continue enforcement operations and take strict action against any party found to have committed an offense under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrant Act (ATIPSOM) 2007 (ACT 670). The public is urged to continue to channel information that can assist the Malaysian Immigration Department in combating the crime of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


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