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Police raid E. Jakarta clinic allegedly involved in human trafficking

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 27, 2017   /   11:22 am
Police raid E. Jakarta clinic allegedly involved in human trafficking Rescued: Seven female illegal migrant workers from West Nusa Tenggara were rescued from an alleged human trafficking attempt on March 29. (Courtesy of the West Nusa Tenggara Police/File)

Police raided on Wednesday the Zam-Zam health clinic in Condet, East Jakarta, for its alleged involvement in a human trafficking network that reportedly sends Indonesian migrant workers to the Middle East.

The raid was conducted following an arrest of two human trafficking suspects, said the National Police’s human trafficking unit head Comr. Julianto Sirait.

“The Zam-Zam clinic has been cooperating with migrant workers’ placement agencies in sending Indonesian migrant workers to countries such as Saudi Arabia [and] Abu Dhabi,” Julianto said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Wednesday.

The clinic, he explained, provided medical check-ups for migrant worker candidates.

Police discovered during the raid several migrant workers undergoing check-ups.

 “The moratorium on sending migrant workers is still valid for now. From what we found, this practice is no different from human trafficking,” he said.

Meanwhile, head of the Jakarta Health Agency’s public service division Tienke Margareta, who was present during the raid, said she found many irregularities in the clinic’s operation.

(Read also: Police foil attempt to send 7 illegal migrant workers)

“All of its facilities and equipment are not standardized. This clinic is not suitable for medical check-ups,” she said.

The clinic also employed several unlicensed doctors, she added.

“The clinic’s permit does not fulfill requirements set by the Health Ministry. We will recommend closing the clinic,” Tienke said. (dea)