Malaysia is a destination and, to a much lesser extent, source and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and women and children subjected to sex trafficking. The overwhelming majority of trafficking victims are among the estimated two million documented and an even greater number of undocumented migrant labourers in Malaysia. Some of these migrants are subjected to forced labour or debt bondage by their employers, employment agents, or informal labour recruiters when they are unable to pay the fees for recruitment and associated travel.
… The more than 150,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia lack formal status and the ability to obtain legal work permits, leaving them vulnerable to trafficking. Many refugees incur large smuggling debts, which traffickers use to subject some refugees to debt bondage. Children from refugee communities in peninsular Malaysia are reportedly subjected to forced begging. A large population of Filipino Muslims resides illegally in Sabah, some of whom are vulnerable to trafficking. Few Malaysian citizens are subjected to trafficking internally and abroad. [US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report 2017]
US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report
In 2017, Malaysia’s ranking improved to Tier 2, after two years on the Tier 2 Watch List (2015 and 2016) and being in Tier 3 in 2014.
Latest: TIP Report 2017 Malaysia (Tier 2)
NGOs and Helplines
Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd: 016 3112667
Tenaganita: 012 335 0512
National Trafficking Hotline: 03-8000 8000, every day from 7.30am to 9pm.