Indonesia arrests seven for trafficking 1200 humans

April 9, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Indonesia arrests seven for trafficking 1200 humansSITUATION

The Indonesian police have arrested seven people linked to human trafficking cases that involved a staggering 1,200 victims who were smuggled to the Middle East and North Africa. The alleged traffickers are suspected to have sent some 500 victims to work as domestic helpers in Morocco, 220 to Turkey, 300 more to Syria and another 200 to Saudi Arabia 2018 onwards.

Herry Nahak, who is the head of the Indonesian national police’s criminal investigation unit noted that this is the biggest case that the national police have uncovered. It was not immediately clear if there was any connection between the alleged perpetrators. It is also not clear if any of the victims were men.

Some victims’ wages went unpaid and others were sexually abused, he said, adding that all had since been repatriated to Indonesia. The suspects were arrested last month and will be charged with trafficking-related offences. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Indonesians from the poorest parts of the Southeast Asian archipelago travel abroad in search of better paying work, including earning a living as maids and labourers. Jakarta estimates some 4.5 million Indonesians are working overseas, the majority of whom are women and without official documentation.

In 2015, the government introduced a suspension on sending new domestic workers to some 21 Middle Eastern countries due to the poor treatment of its workers there. The vulnerability of domestic helpers was highlighted again last year when an Indonesian woman trafficked to neighboring Malaysia died from serious injuries inflicted by her employer, who was later charged with murder.


Indonesia is a source, transit, and destination country for women, children, and men trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour.  It is clear that the biggest threat of trafficking facing Indonesian men and women is that posed by conditions of forced labour and debt bondage in the Asian countries more developed and the Middle East. The government has tried many methods such as prohibiting Indonesian women from travelling to Japan and South Korea as ‘cultural performers’, in order to control a practice which led these people to be trafficked for sexual exploitation. The traffickers worked their way around this, in 2007 by using false documents including passports, marriage certificates, to get tourist visas for women and girls who eventually reached Japan. Women from the People’s Republic of ChinaThailand, and Eastern Europe are trafficked to Indonesia for commercial sexual exploitation, although the numbers are small compared with the number of Indonesians trafficked for this purpose.

These illegal trafficking agencies charge the victims high commission fees (up to $3,000), which is not regulated under Indonesian law, sometimes require workers to incur debt to pay, withhold the documents of some workers, confine them in holding centers, sometimes for months, use threats of violence, routinely falsified birth dates, including for children, to apply for passports and migrant worker documents.

It is not just international trafficking, but internal trafficking an equally significant problem in Indonesia. Women and children are exploited in domestic servitude, commercial sexual exploitation, rural agriculture, mining, fishing, and cottage industries.

Indonesia is making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking. It must, because the country has the region’s largest trafficking problem, with hundreds of thousands of trafficking victims, and has a largely unchecked problem of trafficking-related complicity by public officials.

In this culturally and geographically diverse nation, a massive amount of manpower is needed to crack down on this illegal activity. Traditional investigation techniques cannot work without a coordinated nationwide crackdown to bust the prostitution rings.

Modern technology must assist in interrogation and investigation.  It should promise accuracy, reliability, and cost-effectiveness. The interrogations should be quick yet effective in gathering useful crime-related intelligence.

To save the citizens from sexual exploitation, Jakarta must explore ways to quickly put the traffickers behind bars and exonerate the innocents.


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iCognative is backed up by a proven science which quickly detects concealed information by measuring brain waves. The criminal plans and executes the crime, and thus his or her brain is aware of the minutest details. They are embedded in his or her memory. iCognative exposes an individual’s brain to pictures, words or phrases related to the specific crime under investigation. The brain’s response to such stimuli is immediate and involuntary. The brain responds differently depending on whether the brain possesses prior awareness of the information conveyed by the stimuli or not. iCognative system uses a specialized headset which measures the brain responses. and analyses these in the computer system. The result of whether incriminating information is present in the brain of the test subject or not is reported immediately. The iCognative test helps the investigators to quickly move from screening one test subject to the other, and to narrow down to the most likely subject.

In this case, iCognative test should be administered to the seven arrested person. The stimuli in this test can comprise details gathered about the crime such as call records, names and pictures of the persons trafficked, images of forged passports and other falsified documents if available, email and other correspondence details with their counterparts. The suspects can be shown stimuli such as details of known victims, suspected hideouts, trafficking routes, CCTV images of victims at international and domestic checkpoints.

iCognative can accurately and reliably indicate if a test subject possesses knowledge of a specific crime. At the same time, it can be used to de-construct and get an idea about the structure of a criminal organization, find the position of the test subject in the hierarchy of his or her criminal organization. iCognative, by Brainwave Science, is highly customizable, 99.9% accurate, non-invasive, and easy to learn.

Investigating agencies in Jakarta must try out the cutting-edge technology called iCognative , by Brainwave Science to save more victims from falling into the debt trap, speed up investigations and to put the guilty behind bars.

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