Sunday, 23 January 2011

BREAK MY HEART

Bismillah hirRahman nirRahiim,

Assalamualaikum,

Kullu am wa antum bikhair.

In studying the impact of documented migrant workers, I have came across the issues related to the illegal workers. If I dig deeper, I will stumble upon the human trafficking issue, which just reading on its surface will break my heart.

Hear me, what compel a person to leave practically everything and starts a new life at foreign soils? The biggest push factors are unemployment and poverty while the biggest pull factors are the demand for low-paid services labour. But sometimes people believe that instead of selling a physical labour and service, it's better to sell a human. Read this: the total revenue from this illegal trade is between USD 5-9 billion annually.

I nearly vomit when I read the experiences told by the survivors of this most cruel trade: human trafficking. They are human, made from flesh and bloods, they are not a cute kitten or a beautiful flurry coat. Most of them are women and children (additional: of course there are males as well, come to think about it, it's seriously weird), yet the traders dare to touch these precious beings with their dirty hands. Most of them are being tricked and lured into this business, and many of them are kidnapped from their respective families.

I come from an affluent migrant family, therefore I am protected, alhamdulillah, from these kinds of lives. My families and relatives are involved in legal businesses, thus my experiences with the evil worlds are very limited, or perhaps to nonexistence. My knowledge come from books and films, as I am yet to encounter the depth of this evil trading. I always migrate, but as a knowledge-seeker, not as an income earner.

I always have this irrational desire to investigate this kind of issues. My original topic is Economics and Crime, focusing on the prison, but my sponsor wants me to examine the level and consequences of corruption in Malaysia, which I doubt I'll be alive after publishing my papers. My sister wants to study the human trafficking in Malaysia, which may bring her to neighbouring countries, alas her SV has opposed it as it's a dangerous topic for a lady. My other sister wants to specialize in the forensic and crime scene investigation, alas my Dad has prevented it. We may not have the police blood in our veins, but the sense of justice is still prevailing, and thus drive us to seek equity, fairness, integrity and freedom.


We are, if you may believe it, a justice fighter.




5 comments:

Phantom blogger said...

Eh, How many percent human trafficking in malaysia involves with immigrants compared to local people? mmm i'm just curious..

Err.. you + your sisters = can build a collaborative research group..wow..

Priceless said...

Huda,

Insomniac or jet lag? *smile*

I'm not really sure on the percentage wise, but according to the official reports, a 100 or less Malaysian women/children are being trafficked overseas, and only 1000+ Indonesian women are being trafficked here, no reliable reports on other races and ethnics.

Will you believe it? I think the government is deliberately stay silent on this humiliating issue due to attracting higher Foreign Direct Investment and external exports.

I'm amazed to what level the government stoops in the name of economic growth.

Priceless said...

Err,

Nah, I have different political stands with my sisters, it's quite difficult to understand their political point of view then. Hahahha

Phantom blogger said...

Insomnia or jetlag = i think both -haha

-ada ke malaysian yang being trafficked locally? ada la kot eh yang kena paksa jadi GRO, kerja kat rumah urut etc etc..
-kalo 1000 indonesian - ramai tu.. tu belum masuk chinese and thai immigrants yang banyak kuar paper ditangkap tawar khidmat seks sume tu..
-Err... kadang2 kita patut rasa bersyukur la kan sebab ada ramai immigrants kat mesia ni GDP kita naik berbanding italy kan.. (so janganla hina2 immigrants-sebab kita pernah jadi immigrant jugak kan dalam education) haha..

p/s-differnt political view takpe, it's a rahmat. Boleh kembangkan conceptual framework hehe.. isn't it not?

Priceless said...

Huda,

heheh, takper, saya sudah berubah jadul tidur ini. Risau sungguh, banyak tak siap, lompang-lompang, dan paling saya takut, saya kene menulis the entire chapter on immigrants in Malaysia!

esok mahu jumpa SV, ajaib, bilik saya tidak bagai kapal karam.

Ehm, human trafficking tak silap saya adalah describing cross-border. Maybe yang kene paksa locally tu kita panggil kidnapping? I'm not so sure. Pasti kalau kita mahu berbicara yang kene paksa tu, beribu2 kes, kawan2 law saya selalu jugak cerita kes ni. Adoi, ngeri.

Kalau 1000 tuh dikira tak ramai, sebab kat arab lagi beribu2 kes, tak termasuk kat EU. Paling teruk adalah kes perempuan and bebudak dri soviet union, russia and negara yang ada tan2 kat belakang tu..memang human traffickingkat EU sangat2 teruk.

Yes, kalau ikut macro study, saya dah prove yang immigrants contribute to GDP, walo tak banyak, tak sampai 0.1 % pun (due to job-creation impact), sebab data tak cukup, saya tetap yakin diorang punya contribution banyak. Tak cukup theory dan method nak study menda ni.

owh tidak, kalau different economic stands ok jugak, political view ni susah coz ...ehm...paham2 ler..kalau tgk parliment kat korea, siap baling2 kerusi, macam dalam tadika. hahahahah..