New approach to detect human trafficking, smuggling activities in the country

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Immigration Department is using a new approach to detect human trafficking and smuggling activities in the country. Its operation, investigation and prosecution division director M Saravana Kumar said the department was using a softer approach to detect the mastermind by persuading the victim to furnish information. “We need to ensure the cooperation of the victim so that they are willing to continue staying in the country to facilitate prosecution process. “However, there are also victims who refused to cooperate with us although they are only required to house at a shelter for a month or two months for the trial,” he said when met after giving a speech at the International Association for Counter-terrorism and Security Professionals (IASCP) Asean Security Symposium today. Saravana Kumar said the Immigration Department faced a tough challenge to arrest the mastermind as often investigations were forced to stop after the victim left Malaysia. He said syndicates were also using technology advancement to stay ahead of the enforcement agencies. The two-day international symposium held at InterContinental Hotel here brought together speakers and leaders to discuss trend and response plans against terrorist threats in the Southeast Asian region. The event, which was officiated by Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, yesterday briefed on extremist crime, cyber security, terrorist financing and future challenges in facing Islamic State threat in the region. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd