Gov´t Vows Better System to Tackle Human Trafficking

Sunday, 24 January 2016 , 10:28:00 WIB - Social

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Khofifah Indar Parawansa (left), is hugging an Indonesian Migrant Worker (TKI) who have been saved from human trafficking efforts, Riau Archipelago, Friday (15/1). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Human Trafficking has become a serious threat for Indonesia as the crime involve syndicates and labor brokers and are usually big and complicated.

Human trafficking is an organized crime. Hence, it requires concrete measures as mandated by Law No5/2009 on the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Protection for Indonesians Citizens and Legal Entities, Muhammad Iqbal, said four major human trafficking cases were discovered in 2015, considered significant as they involved a syndicate instead of a labor broker.

As their response, the government is devising a system and mechanism to tackle the crime. The system will consist of governmental institutions, according to Iqbal. The system will help the government act faster in anticipating human trafficking, especially for Indonesian Migrant Workers (TKI) who have been sent abroad.

In 2015, the government has held a pilot project to implement the system, which involved the National Police, the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) and the Ministry of Social Affairs.

"The pilot project ran successfully. AT least four big cases were discovered. In the biggest case, we saved 64 Indonesian victims in Abu Dhabi. The perpetrators have been apprehended," Iqbal said to, Wednesday (20/1).

Meanwhile, starting this year, human trafficking will be anticipated through an integrated effort involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Police, BNP2TKI the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Women and Children Empowerment and the Attorney General.

"Actions against human trafficking on Indonesian Migrant Workers will be integrated and synergized between government institutions," he said.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Union vice chairman, Imam Syafi'i, said that most Indonesians who became victims of human trafficking are mostly from West Java, with the number reaching 2,151 people; followed by Central Java, 909 people and West Kalimantan 732 victims. He cited data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2014.