Dini Dalilah Wan Nordin, chairman of the Stop Human Trafficking Association (SHUT), said there was a misconception that trafficking could only occur to migrants, and no cases involving locals were reported. — Photograph of the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Kuala Lumpur, June 10 — The general public should not be afraid to inform authorities or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about trafficking activities, especially those involving Malaysian citizens.
Dini Dalilah Wan Nordin, chairman of the Stop Human Trafficking Association (SHUT), said that some of the challenges facing them and other NGOs may prevent the general public from communicating for fear of their impact.
“There is a lack of reports because many people are afraid of being threatened in this way. Authorities and NGOs keep all the information provided secret, so don’t be afraid,” she said. He said in an interview with Bernama Radio today.
She added that there was a misconception that trafficking could only occur to migrants, and no cases involving locals were reported.
“Some of the cases involving local citizens reported to SHUT included prostitution of family members and girlfriends to pay off their debts,” she said.
In addition, she said she needed to be more aware of trafficking crimes during the Covid-19 pandemic as the method changed to cleaning services involving illegal immigrants.
She can send the information to the Trafficking Prevention Council (MAPO) 03-8000 8000 or email
Meanwhile, Dini Dalilah said NGOs are cooperating as strategic partners in the government, and in particular, are working to curb domestic trafficking by communicating public complaints to MAPO.
“Some members of the NGO have been appointed to protect the victims, who play an important role as caregivers and provide psychological support until the victims are in a stable condition.” — Bernama