The U.S. plans to upgrade Malaysia’ Human Trafficking status for improving efforts to fight human trafficking, after being part of the blacklisted Southeast Asian country for failing to protect men, women and children forced into modern-day slavery.
According to U.S. sources on Wednesday, a move that could make way for U.S.A. to lead a deal with the Southeast Asian nation and 11 other countries.
The Malaysia’ Human Trafficking is likely to be seen as recognition for Malaysia’s effort to fight against this crime and to find, shelter and recover the victims.
Politically, it is sure to ease diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the current administration in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division said, He was “stunned” by the upgrade.
The move highlights about U.S. politics more than Malaysian progress.
Malaysia’ Human Trafficking upgrade follows international scrutiny and outcry over Malaysian efforts to combat human trafficking, after in May the Malaysian police announced the discovery of 139 graves in jungle camps used by suspected smugglers and traffickers of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
The finding followed a similar discovery earlier that month by police in Thailand, who found a number of bodies from shallow graves on the Thai side of the border. They discovered hidden networks of jungle camps run by human traffickers.
Malaysia has continued to face human trafficking issues throughout the past year, despite the expected upgrade.
Most of those who have fallen victim to the trafficking networks are poor refugees from Myanmar and migrants from Bangladesh.