600 Ugandan girls victims of human trafficking in Malaysia

At least 600 Ugandan girls have been forced into Malaysia’s sex trade in what has become a human trafficking epidemic, a foreign diplomat has said.

Hajah Noraihan, the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said despite an early warning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008 when the number of trafficked girls stood at 30, the constant flow of victims has not slowed.

She says Malaysian intelligence indicates 10 girls continue to fall through the cracks of Uganda’s immigration and labour systems daily.

“Nothing was done and this is what happened,” Ms Noraihan said.

Malaysia, a country known for its poor human trafficking record although it has traditionally been within the Asian region, is currently on a US state department watch list for not having shown adequate evidence of its efforts to combat the scourge.

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