ASEAN Urged to Intervene Over Human Trafficking

Support groups responsible for victims of human trafficking are urging the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to intervene in the affairs of its member states in a bid to end the scourge which has flourished throughout this year.

Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos were cited in a memorandum presented to the Malaysian foreign ministry by Hishamuddin Hashim, secretary-general of the Malaysian International Humanitarian Organization, who said “extraordinary” action was required.

“The Foreign Ministry and the Malaysian government need to use the highest platform available,” he told reporters, adding that pressure needed to be applied by using the ASEAN platform and engaging the prime ministers of each ASEAN country.

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