Trafficking in human beings is the second most lucrative criminal activity in the world after the trade in illegal drugs, and the Asia Pacific region accounts for by far the biggest percentage. It is an absolutely horrendous crime devastating the lives of millions of women, children and men; huge profits are made on the backs of human misery.
Penang is not immune to human trafficking. Women, men and children from Penang have been and are being trafficked, and many more are hugely vulnerable to traffickers. Meanwhile, thousands from all over the world are trafficked into Penang. Human beings are trafficked for their labour or are trafficked into the sex industry. Children are bought and sold.
In response, October 2012 saw the launch of the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign, officiated by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and coordinated by the National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO), Penang branch.
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