Combating Smuggling in Persons: A Malaysia Experience
1 Faculty of Law Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
2 Faculty of Business and Entrepreneur Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Malaysia continues to face various challenges derived from the widespread of international migratory movement because of various economic reasons. Malaysia strategic geographical location, in the center of the South East Asian region made the country an attractive destination for human smuggling and trafficking in persons activities. Some of the smuggled persons may end up being trafficked victims base on the definition adopted by Malaysian laws on “trafficked victims”. Malaysia Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 (Amendment 2010) affords continuous protection for “smuggled turn trafficked” victims. On the other hand, smuggling is an offence under the said law because it threatens not only the public safety but also the national security. For the same reason smuggling also should be seen as a threat to Malaysia security and justifies for stern consideration and actions. Constant reviews on the loop-holes in the legal provisions and the available mechanism will minimize the possible injustice that may incur while enforcing the said Act.
This paper will draw on the challenges faced by Malaysia government in combating and preventing smuggling activities, and by making these efforts will strengthen the country peace and security.
Key words: Combating / prevention / smuggling in persons / trafficked victims and state security
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