Police Foils Human Smuggling Attempt

Thursday, 18 May 2017 , 14:00:00 WIB -

Chief of the National Policeâs Crime Division, Ari Dono Sukmanto (right), accompanied by National Police spokesperson Awi Setiyono (left) are seen giving statements to the press on a foiled human trafficking attempt, Jakarta, Wednesday (17/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - The police have foiled a human smuggling attempt with the modus operandi of misusing umrah travel visas. The travelers were headed to the Middle East.

"There were 148 travelers and 10 facilitators," said Ari Dono Sukmanto, Chief of the National Police’s Crime Division, Jakarta, Wednesday (17/5).

The culprits were leaving the country using the assistance of travel agencies serving umrah pilgrimage. Once they arrive in the destination country, the travelers would work as an Indonesian Migrant Worker. The Indonesian Embassy for Riyadh has noted that 286 Indonesians left to an umrah pilgrimage in 2016 and never returned. Sixty nine of them have been returned, after local authorities found that they misused their visa to work in Saudi Arabia.

The perpetrators will be subject to charges over violation of Law No.21/2007 on the Crime of Human Trafficking, and will be imprisoned for 3-15 years. (dtc/rm)