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10 undocumented Indonesian migrant workers barred from flying abroad

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 12, 2017   /   09:18 am
10 undocumented Indonesian migrant workers barred from flying abroad Police officers raid a house on Jl. Percetakan Negara in Central Jakarta, believed to be a temporary shelter for illegal migrant workers, on May 31. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

A taskforce on human trafficking, along with a team from the Manpower Ministry, detained 10 Indonesian workers in a raid on PT Nurafi Ilman Jaya, a company that secures places for Indonesian migrant workers, in Condet, East Jakarta.

The workers are AR, N, J, S and AN from Cianjur, A and MY from Cicalengka, Y from Cikarang, NF from Cipanas, and N from Sukabumi, all in West Java.

"They were about to fly to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, when we found them," an official with the National Police general crimes directorate, Comr. Ferdi Sambo, said Tuesday as quoted by Kompas.com.

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The taskforce also arrested a woman named Hera Sulfawati who claimed to work for the company and was responsible for guarding the workers and preparing their meals. She was also responsible for taking the workers to a medical check-up.

"From recent investigations, we've found out that the company belongs to Fadel Assagaf," Ferdi said.

The taskforce confiscated 29 passports, a document of financial transactions with the name of Fadel Assagaf, 46 forms and 10 visas.

Before going abroad, the workers received Rp 6 million from a sponsor and stayed in a place provided by the company.

However, according to the Manpower Ministry, the company is not allowed to send Indonesian workers abroad because its permit was revoked in December 2016.

Investigators have named Fadel a suspect in human trafficking. (dmr)