Police uncover alleged human trafficking of Indonesians into China
The Jakarta Post
The National Police have arrested a man, identified only as Sulikah, for allegedly trafficking Indonesians into China. The suspect allegedly promised his victims a salary of Rp 10 million (US$740) per month to work as domestic workers in China.
A top official at the police's criminal investigation department, Sr. Comr. Ferdi Sambo, said on Friday that the victims were accommodated at a hotel in Central Jakarta and underwent medical checkups at a hospital in East Jakarta before traveling to China. Sulikah, Ferdi said, sent the victims to China using tourist visas.
“In fact, the victims had never received their salaries,” Ferdi said, adding that the police had seized, among other things, 28 passports, thirteen bank account books, 19 Indonesian ID cards and three mobile phones as evidence.
In making the visas, the suspect was allegedly assisted by a broker at the West Jakarta Immigration Office and paid Rp 2 million for each visa to the broker. Furthermore, he allegedly received Rp 20 million from a woman he cooperated with in China for every person he sent to the country.
The case was opened when Chinese police arrested the victims for working illegally in July before deporting them to Indonesia on Nov. 3.
One of the victims, Ertin Binti Sudiono, said they were sent to China in April 2016. They were asked to sign a contract of employment with a salary of 5,000 yuan (US$757) per month.
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