Workers freed from captivity in Cambodia return in good health: BP2MI

Workers freed from captivity in Cambodia return in good health: BP2MI

Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency's (BP2MI's) director for protection and empowerment in the Asia and Africa regions, Brigadier General Suyanto, welcomes migrant workers who were freed from Cambodia at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Banten, on Friday (August 5, 2022). (ANTARA/HO-BP2MI)

BP2MI will continue eradicating syndicates who recruit Indonesian migrant workers illegally
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The first 12 Indonesian migrant workers freed from captivity in Cambodia have been repatriated in good health, and will be assisted in returning to their hometowns, the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI) has informed.

"Praise be to God, their physical conditions are all good; the 12 arriving migrant workers returning home are the first repatriation wave for the 62 freed migrant workers. We are also coordinating with the Cambodian authority for security measures and repatriation schedule arrangement," BP2MI's Director for Protection and Empowerment in the Asia and Africa regions, Brigadier General Suyanto, said in a statement here on Saturday.

The 12 repatriated workers arrived in Indonesia on Friday evening (August 5) and were brought to the Social Affairs Ministry's Trauma Center Protection House (RPTC), he added.

Upon their arrival, they met police officers who prepared investigation reports and Social Affairs Ministry officers who documented them, the director informed.

He said that after undergoing routine procedures, the repatriated migrant workers will be offered training at RPTC and assisted in returning to their hometowns by BP2MI.

The remaining Indonesian migrant workers in Cambodia have been accommodated at the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh, he added.

Suyanto then reiterated the government's commitment to evacuating all migrant workers freed from captivity in Cambodia.

The government will also eradicate illegal recruitment practices that endanger workers, he said adding, the freed migrant workers fell victim to a fake investment company based in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, which recruited them through online means.

"BP2MI will continue eradicating syndicates who recruit Indonesian migrant workers illegally. Their modus operandi is to use a temporary visit visa and an online recruitment system. The (freed) migrant workers had no idea they would be placed in Cambodia," the director said.

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