Helping Human Trafficking Victims To Get On With Life in Kuala Lumpur
Helping Human Trafficking Victims To Get On With Life in Kuala Lumpur.
A significant number of the four million legal and illegal foreign workers in Malaysia are human-trafficking victims, according to a 2011 report issued by the US State Department.
Notably, women have been identified as the most vulnerable group in human trafficking, with most of them ending up in the sex trade.
Almost half of the foreign women recruited in the restaurant and hotel sector in Malaysia under dubious designations such as "guest relations officers" actually are working or dabbling in the sex trade, according to the US Human Trafficking Report.
Authorities also do not rule out the possibility that the approximately 300,000 domestic maids in the country are victims of human trafficking as well, with most being cheated into the work, their mobility restricted, salaries not paid, passports withheld or bonded with agents or employers for the repayment of hefty hiring fees.
The lure of a better life in a foreign land and the opportunity to send money home to the family, are irresistible lures for those from poorer countries. Many are vulnerable to human trafficking, and the consequences are often tragic.
The emotional effects of trauma can be persistent and devastating. Victims often suffer from anxiety, panic disorder and major episodes of depression -- all leading to difficulties in continuing with life.
Realising their plight, authorities and non-government organisations that save them in the first place also assist in emotional rehabilitation at five shelters earmarked for this group of unfortunate people.
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