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Migrant worker returns home after 18 years

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 16 2018   /  12:04 am
Reunited: Indonesian migrant worker Parinah (left), who lost contact with her family 18 years ago, hugs her eldest daughter upon her homecoming to Nisawungu village, Cilacap regency, Central Java, on April 12. Leaving for Saudi Arabia in 1999 as a migrant worker, Parinah had not been heard from for 18 years before UK police reportedly saved her on March 1 from what they called modern slavery.(Antara/Idhad Zakaria)(left), who lost contact with her family 18 years ago, hugs her eldest daughter upon her homecoming to Nisawungu village, Cilacap regency, Central Java, on April 12. Leaving for Saudi Arabia in 1999 as a migrant worker, Parinah had not been heard from for 18 years before UK police reportedly saved her on March 1 from what they called modern slavery.(Antara/Idhad Zakaria)

Reunited: Indonesian migrant worker Parinah (left), who lost contact with her family 18 years ago, hugs her eldest daughter upon her homecoming to Nisawungu village, Cilacap regency, Central Java, on April 12. Leaving for Saudi Arabia in 1999 as a migrant worker, Parinah had not been heard from for 18 years before UK police reportedly saved her on March 1 from what they called modern slavery.(Antara/Idhad Zakaria)The return of Parinah, 50, after nearly two decades of allegedly being held captive by her employers overseas has highlighted a lack of government oversight that could leave Indonesian migrants prone to abuse.

Despite improved regulations to safeguard workers from exploitation, the government still lacks an effective mechanism to monitor the working and living conditions of citizens employed abroad.

Parinah, a resident of Petarangan village in Banyumas, Central Ja...