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The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

In the early years of the 21st Century gvnet.com/childprostitution/Malaysia.htm

Malaysia

Malaysia, a middle-income country, has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy. After coming to office in 2003, former Prime Minister Abdullah tried to move the economy farther up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in high technology industries, medical technology, and pharmaceuticals. The Government of Malaysia is continuing efforts to boost domestic demand to wean the economy off of its dependence on exports. Nevertheless, exports - particularly of electronics - remain a significant driver of the economy.

Malaysia

Real GDP growth averaged about 6% per year under Abdullah, but regions outside of Kuala Lumpur and the manufacturing hub Penang did not fare as well. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Khmer girls' trafficking ordeal

Kylie Morris, BBC News, Thai-Cambodian border, 2 June, 2005

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4599709.stm

[accessed 20 February 2011]

LOOKING FOR CASH - She and her cousin were 16 years old when they decided, against their family's wishes, to travel to Bangkok. The New Year was approaching, and they wanted some extra cash for the festive season. A neighbour had told them they could make good money washing dishes in a restaurant in the Thai capital. They were smuggled across the border in the back of a pick-up truck, covered by a tarpaulin. When they finally reached the capital, they were taken to an apartment. But they soon realised something was wrong. One explained: "A businessman arrived at our apartment and asked us to open our clothes, because he wanted to look at our bodies. He asked if I had a husband. That's when I knew we weren't going to work in a restaurant.

"At first I refused to have sex with men. Then I was beaten so badly I had to hide my face for a month, until it healed. Then I was told again I would have to sleep with the customers. I knew if I refused I would be beaten again. I had no choice but to agree." htcp

 

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Human Rights Reports 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61615.htm

[accessed 20 February 2011]

CHILDREN - Child prostitution existed, but child prostitutes often were treated as delinquents rather than victims.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS The government assisted some underage prostitutes and rescued some trafficked women and girls during the year.

Human trafficking ring busted

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (German Press Agency) DPA, Jakarta, 17 August 2006

www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=102933&version=1&template_id=45&parent_id=25

[accessed 20 February 2011]

The victims, aged 14 to 17, were promised jobs in Jakarta as domestic workers, but were then flown to West Kalimantan province on the Indonesian side of Borneo and taken across the border into Malaysia, sometimes using false travel documents. htcp

Khmer girls' trafficking ordeal

Kylie Morris, BBC News, Thai-Cambodian border, 2 June, 2005

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4599709.stm

[accessed 20 February 2011]

LOOKING FOR CASH - She and her cousin were 16 years old when they decided, against their family's wishes, to travel to Bangkok. The New Year was approaching, and they wanted some extra cash for the festive season. A neighbour had told them they could make good money washing dishes in a restaurant in the Thai capital. They were smuggled across the border in the back of a pick-up truck, covered by a tarpaulin. When they finally reached the capital, they were taken to an apartment. But they soon realised something was wrong. One explained: "A businessman arrived at our apartment and asked us to open our clothes, because he wanted to look at our bodies. He asked if I had a husband. That's when I knew we weren't going to work in a restaurant.

"At first I refused to have sex with men. Then I was beaten so badly I had to hide my face for a month, until it healed. Then I was told again I would have to sleep with the customers. I knew if I refused I would be beaten again. I had no choice but to agree." htcp

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

www.no-trafficking.org/content/web/05reading_rooms/five_years_after_stockholm.pdf

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES MALAYSIA Although Malaysia has been considered a trafficking destination for women and children from other Southeast Asian countries, evidence has emerged that Malaysian girls have also been trafficked for sexual purposes.

Child Prostitution In Malaysia Is Worrying

Bernama, Kuala Lumpur, Nov 8, 2005

www.malaysianbar.org.my/bar_news/berita_badan_peguam/child_prostitution_in_malaysia_is_worrying_says_lawyer.html

[accessed 16 June 2011]

Stringent laws are needed to stem the growing child prostitution in the country, the president of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida) said Tuesday. "Malaysia has seen an increase in child prostitution with an average of about 150 to160 local girls detained annually for participation in immoral activities.

Statement By Ambassador Jasmi Md. Yusoff, Representative Of Malaysia On Agenda Item 112: Promotion And Protection Of The Rights Of Children

Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations, 29 October 1999

www.un.int/malaysia/GA/3Comm/3C29Oct99.html

[accessed 16 June 2011]

Malaysia strongly deplores the practice of the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and has criminalized these activities in the country. We are very concerned that an increasing number of girls and boys from development countries are being trafficked to developed countries as well as between regions and states for their exploitation. The rise and unabated misuse of new information technologies, including the Internet, for purposes of child prostitution, child pornography and child sex tourism must be arrested immediately. My delegation would like to see more Internet service providers comply with existing legislation curtailing these activities.

Sex Industry Assuming Massive Proportions In Southeast Asia

International Labour Organisation ILO News, Geneva, August 19, 1998

www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/press-and-media-centre/press-releases/WCMS_007994/lang--en/index.htm

[accessed 16 June 2011]

THE CHILD VICTIMS OF PROSTITUTION - In Malaysia, more than half of those "rescued" from various sex establishments were under 18 years.

Statistical Dimension of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Indian NGOs

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 16 June 2011]

There are 43,000 to 142,000 or more prostituted persons in Malaysia. Prostituted persons are mainly adult women, but there are also male, transvestite and child prostitutes, both girls and boys.

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