MEMBERS of the public are being urged to take photos of children begging or being forced to work, and send the images to the police.
Speaking to reporters after the Perak Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK) monthly assembly, Perak CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Gan Tian Kee said, instead of feeling pity and providing money, people should be assisting the police to ensure that children are not being exploitated.
“If you see a child beggar, do not give them any money. Take a photo and send it to us. We will immediately take action.
“The child is not going to benefit because the money you give them may be going to a syndicate and that should not happen at all,” he said.
“In our country, we should not have child beggars but it is still happening,” SAC Gan lamented.
“Sometimes I wonder if we have become less caring. Give us information instead of giving them the money and you might save that child from syndicates,” he added.
SAC Gan was asked to comment on the human exploitation and child labour case in Pengkalan Hulu.
It was reported that the police had raided a 202ha estate in Pengkalan Hulu last Sunday and found 18 people, including five children, who were believed to have been trafficked and exploited by a couple.
The couple, a 43-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife, are being remanded by the police.
SAC Gan said the police have spoken to the owner of the estate where the victims were found and believe the investigations would be completed soon.
“We have recorded the owner’s statement. Right now, we are talking to welfare officers and doctors on how bad these children were treated while in the estate.
“We can’t reveal the evidence right now but all I can tell you is that the investigations are almost done,” he said, adding that the case is being investigated under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.