Strengthening the involvement of various technologies and digital platforms can reduce the risk of human trafficking through online spaces.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly urged various parties at the “Bali Process Government and Business Forum” to make collective efforts to overcome people smuggling and human trafficking.

"We encourage collective attempts (in collaboration) with the private sector to fight human trafficking, forced labor, modern slavery, and child exploitation as well as to promote transparent supply chain and ethical business practices," he said at the forum in Adelaide, Australia, on Thursday.

The forum was part of a series of the “8th Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (Bali Process) Ministerial Conference.”

The Bali Process was initiated in 2002. It is co-chaired by Indonesia and Australia. Currently, it has 49 members, consisting of both countries and international organizations. In addition, it has 18 observer countries and 9 observer international agencies.

According to the minister, the application of technology is important to overcome the problems of trafficking and smuggling of people.

"Strengthening the involvement of various technologies and digital platforms can reduce the risk of human trafficking through online spaces," he said.

The Indonesian government has issued several policies to address human trafficking, including the new Criminal Code (KUHP) and the Government Regulation in lieu of the Law (Perppu) on Job Creation, which are expected to support business implementation and protect workers.

Other policies include Law Number 21 of 2007 on the Eradication of Human Trafficking as well as Presidential Regulation No. 22 of 2021 on changes to Presidential Regulation No. 69 of 2008 on the human trafficking prevention and handling task force.

In the future, Indonesia will encourage the Bali Process to become a more responsive and proactive forum for the development of human trafficking handling as well as increase collaboration among members, observer entities, and other relevant stakeholders.

According to the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) Ministry’s Women and Child Protection Online Information System (Simfoni-PPA), as many as 1,545 cases of human trafficking and 1,732 victims of human trafficking were recorded in 2019–2022.

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Translator: Muhammad Zulfikar, Uyu Liman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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