The Social Sciences

Year: 2012
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Page No. 231 - 241

Legislative Measures to Combat Human Trafficking in a Developing Economy

Authors : Rabiu Sani Shatsari and Kamal Halili Hassan

Abstract: The effort to combat human trafficking has gained serious momentum in developing economies considering its damaging ramifications on the countries’ international images and economic developments. Its effects could be seriously felt on labour demand and supply as issues on human trafficking and illegal workers are difficult to separate. South Asia and South East Asia are said to be in the unenviable position of having the largest numbers of people who are internationally trafficked. The study is carried out by way of qualitative legal method by analyzing legal provisions and their possible effects on the subject matter. Researchers review legislature measure to combat human trafficking in developing economies by using Malaysia as a case study. This study reviews the salient features of the Malaysian Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007 that serves as a useful legislation in combating crime of human trafficking into or from Malaysia. The act covers several important aspects of enforcement such as criminalization and punishment, forfeiture of assets, liability of legal persons, the trafficked person as a victim, prevention and participation. The act itself has many shortcomings which need to be corrected.

How to cite this article:

Rabiu Sani Shatsari and Kamal Halili Hassan , 2012. Legislative Measures to Combat Human Trafficking in a Developing Economy. The Social Sciences, 7: 231-241.

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