KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims. The nation relies heavily on foreign domestic workers as well as labourers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by locals.. read more →

Domestic helpers leaving for Hong Kong pass through the security check at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta. Photo: Reuters Tyas Weningsih Putri left her village in Kendal, Central Java in August 2016 to try her luck for a second time as a migrant worker in Malaysia. She had been recruited to work in a birds’ nest.. read more →

New Delhi, India: Calling for collective action to protect and assist victims of human trafficking, senior government officials and experts from India, Bangladesh and Nepal emphasised the need to institutionalize a regional referral mechanism to boost joint efforts at a convening hosted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) South Asia and the.. read more →

BANGKOK —  Thailand’s military government has been forced to set a six-month grace period for new migrant labor laws with harsh penalties, after protests and panic among workers and employers. Migrant labor has a crucial place in the Thai economy, with up to 2.7 million workers from neighboring Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia working in fisheries,.. read more →

BANGKOK – Thailand may face a major labour crisis if it does not quickly adopt measures to help legalise an estimated 2 million migrant workers, following the approval of a new foreign labour law that imposes stiffer penalties on employers, a labour NGO said. Mr Sompong Srakaew, director of the Labour Rights Promotion Network, told.. read more →