Trafficked persons in Malaysia to share their ordeals

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Maria Grazia Giammarinaro. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Victims of human trafficking in Malaysia will be given the opportunity to make their voices heard, according to a UN Special Rapporteur.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro will start a six-day mission on Monday in Malaysia to assess the trafficking of persons in the country, especially women and children.

She said the government needs to hear first-hand from their experiences.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The United Nations says women and girls from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam are increasingly being found in forced prostitution or domestic servitude in Malaysia.

This week, an independent human rights expert and former Italian judge will travel the country to promote the prevention of trafficking.

She will also encourage measures to prevent forced labour and protect human rights.

Ms Giammarinaro is expected to meet with representatives of various Government agencies, as well as members of civil society working to fight trafficking in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Rembau and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

She will present a final report on her visit to the UN Human Rights Council next June.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 21 million women, men and children are forced to work under inhuman conditions on farms, in sweatshops, in the sex industry or in private homes.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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