Not all job scam rescuees are victims of human trafficking, says Bukit Aman

SEPANG: Investigations by Cambodian authorities revealed that some individuals rescued from job scam syndicates were not victims of human trafficking, says Comm Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan.

"Based on our discussions with Cambodian authorities, their investigations revealed that many of these individuals were not victims of human trafficking but made up these stories so that they could be rescued," the Bukit Aman CID director said.

He added that the Cambodian authorities found that these so-called victims made up their stories so that they would not be treated like criminals.

"Based on our checks, human trafficking victims would be given certain privileges while they were detained at immigration depots while alleged criminals would be controlled more tightly.

"Some of these individuals made up stories of being trafficked when they could not achieve the KPIs set by the syndicates they were working for.

"The Cambodian authorities also told us that none of the Malaysians involved had ever been beaten or abused by the syndicates they were working for," he said.

He added that the Cambodian authorities had also said they would no longer accept information on such victims through unverified channels.

He said they would only accept information if it came from the Malaysian Embassy there or the Royal Malaysian Police.

"Cambodian authorities will no longer work with non-governmental organisations as it could jeopardise their investigations or rescue operations.

"We also cannot rule out that there were certain NGOs taking advantage of the situation," he said, adding that his personnel were investigating this aspect.

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