Kuching Community Social Support Centre to help combat human trafficking

Saifuddin (front row, second right) listens to a briefing by Fatimah (on his right) while others look on during a visit to Kuching CSSC on March 9, 2023.

KUCHING, March 10: The Sarawak government’s effort to provide transit premises, such as the Kuching Community Social Support Centre (CSSC), would help the country deal with human trafficking.

According to a report by TVS, Minister of Home Affairs (MOHA) Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said with Malaysia remains in Tier 3 in the new United States (US) Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2022, components such as transit premises can be used as a place of refuge, especially for individuals appearing as witnesses in court cases.

“While we manage the trafficking victim, if they are a potential individual as a witness, for example, then this kind of premises is important as a transit if the witness is in court proceedings. A facility like this can contribute towards improving our position.

“The Ministry pays serious attention to the preparation of logistical aspects like this because it will help us to improve our role, especially under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act,” he said when met during his visit to CSSC Kuching here yesterday (March 9).

Also present was Sarawak Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

He also said the role of the transit premises is essential to assist in combating human trafficking while the government works on establishing permanent premises as a long-term plan.

He also informed that every state in Malaysia now has transit premises. — DayakDaily