Deputy IGP: Police and NGOs teaming up to fight human trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are teaming up with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in their fight against human trafficking, says Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic).

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said that the police had conducted talks with around 60 representatives of NGOs on Tuesday at Bukit Aman over the issue.

He said representatives from the Bar Council, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) were present at the dialogue.

"Today's dialogue with the NGOs was a way to get to know each other better.

"This also allows the NGOs to know the relevant department and officer to contact should they have any information or suggestions to share. That was the goal of the meeting," he said.

Noor Rashid said that there were also talks conducted about improving standard operating procedures for investigations into human trafficking cases.

An example was the suggestion to get NGOs to talk on behalf of human trafficking victims who were too traumatised to speak to investigating officers.

"These syndicates instruct the victims not to talk to the police. But the NGOs say that the victims are willing to talk to them. They can talk on behalf of the victims, to the police. This is a good area for the police to pursue," he said.