Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Task Force for the Eradication and Prevention of Human Trafficking (TPPO) has rescued 1,943 human trafficking victims, and arrested 698 perpetrators in the period from June 5 to July 3, 2023.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD said that the TPPO Task Force—which is led by National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, who serves as its daily executive chief—has been very productive.

"In this one month, 698 people have been named suspects from various regions in Indonesia," he highlighted while reporting on the TPPO Task Force’s activities in the past month at his ministry’s office in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Second, this step was followed by the rescue of 1,943 victims. In one month, 1,943 victims could be saved, he said.

Of the rescued victims, 65.5 percent were Indonesian migrant workers, 26.5 percent were commercial sex workers, 6.6 percent were children who were exploited for work, and 1.4 percent were ship crew.

"This is very productive: 698 suspects, 1,943 victims," said Mahfud, who is also serving as a leader in the task force.

He further informed that the task force has also issued 605 police reports related to the crime of trafficking in persons.

"So, (it has reported on) the types of crimes, there are people who (fall victim to) online scammers (Internet fraud) for gambling, prostitution, various kinds, then there are also blue-collar workers on ships, domestic workers in various places who are not paid, but are not allowed to go home because they have contracts, our migrant workers also being tortured in various countries. Now, it has started to be handled," the minister said.

The TPPO Task Force is currently also highlighting cases of organ trafficking, which often involve prospective Indonesian migrant workers as victims, he informed.

"The latest development: there is an organ trafficking case in Bekasi. People are sent abroad, their kidneys are sold, housed in various hospitals, and (the victim) does not receive adequate treatment," said Mahfud.

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