MoSA Provides Handling of 202 PMIB in Cambodia, Suspected Victims of TIP

MoSA Provides Handling of 202 PMIB in Cambodia, Suspected Victims of TIP
Writer :
Humas Ditjen Rehabilitasi Sosial
Editor :
David Myoga
Translator :
Karlina Irsalyana

JAKARTA (August 22, 2022) – MoSA through the Directorate of Social Rehabilitation for Disaster and Emergency Victims (KBK) and RPTC Mulya Jaya, assists Indonesian citizens who are suspected of being victims of TIP (Trafficking in Persons) in Cambodia.


Currently, there are 202 Troubled Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMIB) recorded from the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh. There are 189 men and 13 women. They are spread from regions and cities in Indonesia. Some came from West Java, East Java, Central Java, Jakarta, West Kalimantan, Bali, Riau, Riau Islands, Banten, Lampung, and West Sumatra, and most of them were Indonesian citizens/PMIB from North Sumatra with a total of 113 people.


The repatriation of PMIB from Cambodia was carried out in 2 phases. The first was carried out on August 5, 2022, with 12 PMIB being flown directly from Phnom Penh Airport, Cambodia, while the second is carried out today, August 22, 2022, by Lion Air from Phom Penh, Cambodia, which will arrive at around 06.05 p.m. at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang, Banten.


Putra, a representative of the Indonesian Migrant Employees Protection Agency (BP2MI) Serang City explained that initially these PMIs were detected from Cambodia through social media, where some of them created content containing the content "Let Us Go Home." Suddenly this attracted the attention of all government circles, to dig up information related to how many PMIBs were, how they got there, and who organized it.


There is strong cooperation and synergy between MoSA, BP2MI, MoFA, and Bareskrim, until finally able to reveal the number of people who joined and repatriated PMIB in Cambodia to Indonesia. MoSA and BP2MI in this case handled 202 Indonesian citizens who arrived in Indonesia, namely by facilitating transportation pick-ups from Soekarno Hatta Airport and being accommodated at Wisma Kemayoran, due to the unavailability of rooms for 202 people at RPTC Mulya. Jaya.


In the next process, before the departure of these immigrants to the guesthouse, they are divided into several groups which are given colored name tags, then taken to Wisma Kemayoran for Minutes of Investigation for approximately 4 days. Followed by further assessment from the Criminal Investigation Department.

Furthermore, MoSA through RPTC Mulya Jaya will carry out social rehabilitation with comprehensive assessments of PMIs, identify victims, and ensure protection for victims, before finally being sent home to their respective hometowns.

Putra also said that most of these PMI cases were related to the fraud of overseas workers with the methods carried out, namely the lure of a large salary and decent work. However, several cases were also encountered, where PMI joined in gambling to get instant money due to economic limitations.

The same thing was also expressed by Masud Muhammad. the Immigration Officer of Soekarno Hatta Airport, that the immigrants who were diplomatically deported, and that the Indonesians in Cambodia had an illegal role there. They were operational workers like gambling.

Putra also gave additional information that the syndicate, not just the general public, but also several officers involved in gangs such as marketing in this human trafficking case.

Seeing a large number of Indonesian citizens/PMIB who had been dispatched abroad without official procedures and were vulnerable to exploitation and other forms of violence as was currently happening, MoSA was very concerned about that. Mrs. Tri Rismaharini provided empowerment programs for Indonesian citizens/PMI and she gave special attention to empowerment, with the aim that Indonesian people would no longer work abroad.

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