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Migrant protection agency thwarts trafficking plot to Dubai

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia, 10 September 2020 - The Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) has foiled an attempt to traffic around 200 Indonesian workers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Dubai.

The agency launched an investigation on Sept. 6 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after a tip-off about an attempt to smuggle hundreds of undocumented Indonesian migrant workers to the Middle Eastern country.

During the investigation led by BP2MI head Benny Rhamdani, authorities discovered that the majority of the 200 targeted Indonesians had been promised domestic worker jobs in the UAE.

A 2015 decree issued by the Manpower Ministry bars the placement of Indonesian nationals to certain jobs in 19 Middle Eastern countries, including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Domestic worker placement is regulated under the decree.

The ministry issued the decree in response to the many problems Indonesian domestic workers had experienced while working for private households in these countries, as well as the lack of legal protection for foreign migrant workers under the local government.



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