Police Arrest Human Traffickers Sending Workers to Lombok and Syria

Friday, 11 August 2017 , 15:00:00 WIB -

The National Policeâs Criminal Division Chief, Ari Dono Sukmanto (left) and police officers are seen revealing human traffickers to the public, Jakarta, Thursday (10/8). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The National Police has apprehended members of two human trafficking groups who had been smuggling workers illegally to Syria and Abu Dhabi. One group is based in Jakarta and the other is based in Lombok.

The National Police’s Criminal Division Chief, Ari Dono Sukmanto, said the group in Jakarta focused on sending workers to Abu Dhabi while the group in Lombok was sending workers to Syria.

"The police has arrested eight suspects. Two from the Lombok group and six from the group in Jakarta," said Ari Dono, Jakarta, Thursday (10/8).

Ari further revealed that the modus operandi in sending the workers abroad falsified Family Cards (KK) and Resident Identity Cards (KTP). "One of the victims is a 14 year old teenager, who had her Resident Identity Card falsified, so that her age is 19," Ari said.

Ari said the group was discovered based on an investigation early 2017, when the police received a report from once of the victims. The victim said she was promised that she would work in Qatar to be paid Rp4 million a month.

"However, the victim was sent to Damaskus instead for up to 2 years, where worked for 3 different employers. The first and second employers could not pay year while the third paid her US$200 for just five months," Ari said. (dtc/rm)