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Indonesian police probe trafficking of underage girls

Publication Date : 27-08-2014

 

Indonesia's National Police are investigating a human trafficking fugitive, identified as Farida Zaharina, aka Ina, who allegedly forced 16 underage Indonesian girls into sex trade in Malaysia.

Posing as an official from a migrant worker placement agency, Ina promised to help the girls find employment as domestic workers in Malaysia, the National Police’s human trafficking unit head, Adj. Sr. Comr. Arie Darmanto, said on Tuesday.

The girls, aged between 15 and 17 years, hail from Indramayu in West Java and some areas in Central Java. They had responded to advertisements in local tabloids and a Facebook page set up by Ina.

“The girls were taken to Malaysia on flights from Batam in Riau Islands, Surabaya in East Java and Bandung in West Java. They traveled on official passports that contained falsified data. Their paperwork was forged,” Arie said at National Police headquarters in South Jakarta.

Upon their arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Ina reportedly forced the girls to work as prostitutes, strippers and escorts at karaoke bars for almost a year. During the period, the girls lived in an apartment and received a monthly stipend of up to 2 million rupiah (US$170).

“The case emerged when one of the victim’s parents filed a report with us. Later, we received a letter from the Indonesian Embassy [in Kuala Lumpur], reporting on the repatriation of 16 human-trafficking victims,” the police officer said.

 

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