| Ishan Ibrahim |
A FORUM entitled “Socialisation of the Criminal Actions of Human Trafficking Against Indonesian Manpower in Brunei Darussalam”, jointly organi-sed by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) was held yesterday at the Youth Centre.
In an address, Nurul Qomar – the Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei – highlighted that according to information obtained from the Organiza-tion for Migration (IOM), 1,647 Indonesian natio-nals were identified as victims of human traffic-king from 2008 to 2010.
Human trafficking is now at its peak, she said, but the numbers cannot be properly ascer-tained.
According to Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry, the victims are mostly domestic servants, she added.
Additionally, according to the Direktorat Perlindungan Warga Negara Indonesia (WNI) – an organisation that safeguards the interests of Indonesian nationals – and Badan Hukum Indonesia (BHI), Kemlu, of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, the first quarter of 2014 showed that the number of victims reached 109 people, an increase of 73 per cent over the same period the previous year, the ambassador further noted.
She stressed that human trafficking has a serious negative impact and there must be ur-gency in stemming out the crime.
The forum yesterday was part of the Indone-sian Embassy’s efforts to help halt human traf-ficking, she said.
The programme was attended by senior officers from the embassy and CID, as well as Indonesian nationals residing in the country.