Weak Law Enforcement Supports Human Trafficking

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 , 09:00:00 WIB - Social

An Indonesian worker from Saudi Arabia filling in a form from the Workers Protection and Placement Agency (BP3TKI) in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Thursday (12/111). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Cross-border crimes have increased and become increasingly complex. One form of cross-border crimes is human trafficking.

The Ministry of Foreign Affair's Director General of Protection and Legal Assistance for Indonesians Abroad, Muhamad Iqbal, said Indonesia recently attended a summit in Wina, Austria, Monday (16/11), to strengthen cooperation between nations to eradicate human trafficking through discussions on the crime.

The summit discussed ways to increase efforts and strengthen coordination to fight human trafficking. It also discussed the role of labor-sending agencies, recruitment costs and the strategies implemented by human traffickers.

The discussions found that human trafficking these days are well planned and organized, and involve labor-sending agencies.

"There are irresponsible parties who have been selling Indonesians to overseas markets," said Iqbal to gres.news.

Human trafficking has become prevalent in Indonesia in the past three years due to the weak regulations on labor and surveillance.

From March to December 2014, West Java leads with 2,151 cases, followed by Central Java, 909 cases and West Kalimantan, 732 cases, according to data from the Overseas Indonesian Workers Union (SPILN).

The association's Vice Chairman, Imam Syafi'i, said the numerous human trafficking cases in Indonesia can be attributed to the weak enforcement of Law No.21/2007 on Eradication of Human Trafficking.

Article 2 Verse 2 of the law, he pointed out, stipulates that people who committed a human trafficking crime shall be subject to three to 15 years in jail or a fine from Rp120 million to Rp600 million.