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Jakarta Post

Police secure 5 suspected human trafficking victims from China

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Central Java   /   Wed, July 26, 2017   /   03:05 pm
Police secure 5 suspected human trafficking victims from China The Semarang Police are pursuing alleged members of an international online scam network operating in Semarang, Central Java. (Shutterstock/File)

The Semarang Police handed over five Chinese nationals thought to have been victims of human trafficking to the Semarang immigration office on Tuesday evening.

“We continue to investigate the case,” Semarang Police Sr. Comr. Abiyoso Seno Aji said on Tuesday.

The five foreigners were reportedly from Guangzhou, China, and have been identified as Cheng We, 29, Cheng Kang, 29, Cheng Guan, 30, Shen Zhong Tsu, 39, and Zhan Zhi Hao, 20.

The police took the five into custody at a house on Jl. Kawi Raya, Candisari, Semarang, on Sunday evening. During their search, the police found 72 phones and other communication equipment.

During interrogation, the five Chinese nationals claimed they had been recruited by migrant worker recruitment agents and promised employment as drivers in Bali with a monthly salary of Rp 10 million (US$749.85) to Rp 14 million.

As soon as they arrived in Jakarta, they were taken to Semarang and confined in a house in Candisari. In the house, they were asked to phone a number of people in China, raising their suspicions that they had been duped by an international online scam network.

None of the five were in possession of immigration documents. They claimed their passports had been kept by three people who they identified as Liu Xhung, A Dong and A Gei. The police are tracing the whereabouts of the three people, said Abiyoso. (ebf)