Malaysia: Human rights group warnings over crackdown on illegal workers
An imminent crackdown on hundreds of thousands of illegal workers in Malaysia could result in widespread abuses, Human Rights Watch warned Tuesday.
Refugees, victims of human trafficking and workers abused by their employers could be caught up in the sweep and deported instead of receiving protection, the US-based group said in a statement.
It pointed out that Malaysia's Human Rights Commission had noted that many foreign women in Malaysia's prisons were victims of trafficking for prostitution.
"When Malaysia conducted mass deportations two years ago, dozens of migrant workers died of dehydration and disease while stranded in transit areas for months," said LaShawn R. Jefferson, executive director of the group's women's rights division.
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