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(from left to right) Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Mohamad Alamin, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, and Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Amran Mohamed Zin at a press conference in Wisma Putra, Putrajaya, on December 22, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Malaysia’s move to TIP report’s Tier Two reflects progress in combating human trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — The government has welcomed the recent upgrade of Malaysia to Tier Two in the United States’ (US) 2024 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said this significant acknowledgement reflects the substantial progress made by Malaysia in its efforts to combat human trafficking.

He highlighted the advancements that contributed to this upgrade, which included an increased number of investigations into trafficking cases and intensified prosecution efforts, resulting in more convictions with significant sentences.

Tthere is also an increase in trafficking-specialist prosecutors and an increase in funding for victim shelters and enhanced public awareness programmes.

“Malaysia will continue to undertake serious actions to combat this heinous crime and address the challenges arising from TIP issues,” he said in a statement today.

The minister emphasised the vigorous implementation of the National Action Plan on Anti-Trafficking in Persons (2021-2025) (NAPTIP 3.0), which outlines Malaysia’s strategic approach to tackling human trafficking.

Mohamad also called upon international partners to work together in tackling common challenges in this issue.

He calls upon countries of origin to shoulder greater responsibilities in preventing their citizens from becoming potential trafficking victims, as well as prosecuting and penalising the perpetrators in the country of origin.

Malaysia’s elevation to Tier Two in the US 2024 TIP Report marks a significant milestone in the country’s ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking.

The TIP Report, an annual publication by the US Department of State, ranks countries based on their efforts to meet the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

— Bernama

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