Jakarta – The Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) has thwarted an illegal dispatch of potential Indonesian migrant workers to Cambodia.
The operation was carried out following a report from one of the workers on Tuesday to the agency's crisis center, BP2MI head Benny Rhamdani said. The worker reported that they would be sent to Cambodia from Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra.
"One worker reported to the BP2MI and explained about the illegal departure," Benny said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
Upon receiving the report, the Medan BP2MI coordinated with the local police to secure the migrant workers, consisting of three people, from Padang Sidempuan City of North Sumatra, two people from Singkawang City of West Kalimantan and one person from Batuampar District of West Kalimantan.
During the investigation by the National Police's human trafficking task force, the workers said they were offered to work in Cambodia by their relatives and promised a job with a monthly salary of Rp 4 million (US$268) and a $250 meal allowance.
Benny said all documents, tickets and $60,000 had been confiscated by the National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) for further investigation.
He added that the migrant workers would be sent to their respective homes. (aly)