Based on field experience, HTC’s modus operandi includes threats of violence, confinement, forgery, fraud, abuse of power in vulnerable positions, debt trapping and paying for benefits to obtain approval,” explained Acting Governor of Bali SM Mahendra Jaya.
Denpasar, SINARTIMUR.com – Acting (Pj.) Governor of Bali, Indonesia, Sang Made Mahendra Jaya said that based on data from POLRI Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim POLRI) up to the period October 2023, there had been 872 reports of Criminal Acts of Trafficking in Persons in Indonesia and 32 of them occurred in Bali. This was conveyed by him when attending the Regional Conference of the Simultaneous Movement for Combating Human Trafficking in the ASEAN Countries Region, Tuesday (7/11/2023) at the Golden Tulip Jineng Resort Bali, Indonesia.
Mahendra Jaya explained that the occurrence of HTC (human trafficking crime) is generally related to economic problems such as poverty, a hedonistic lifestyle, wanting to get money quickly and a lack of awareness because they do not know the dangers of working abroad through agents who are not legal entities, including the dangers of working in nightclubs where the most victims are. are vulnerable groups, namely women and children.
“Based on field experience, HTC’s modus operandi includes threats of violence, confinement, forgery, fraud, abuse of power in vulnerable positions, debt trapping and paying for benefits to obtain approval,” explained Acting Governor of Bali SM Mahendra Jaya.
Therefore, according to him, to optimize the handling of HTC requires the involvement of all elements, not only the government and law enforcement but also the community, business world, media and other stakeholders. He said that handling of HTC cases must be carried out comprehensively and consistently from upstream to downstream through preemptive, preventive, law enforcement and rehabilitation efforts.
Acting The Governor of Bali invites all elements to collaborate and synergize with each other in efforts to prevent and handle HTU that occurs. “Hopefully the results of this conference can improve our collective performance and commitment in preventing and handling the Crime of Trafficking in Persons in ASEAN,” he explained.
On the other hand, the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, in her virtual remarks said that Indonesia continues to collaborate with other ASEAN countries in efforts to handle criminal acts of human trafficking, especially in transnational HTC crimes which require cooperation between countries. Meanwhile, the Minister of PPPA, Bintang Puspayoga, said that the government is committed to protecting women and children who are the most vulnerable groups as victims of HTC.