Jakarta (ANTARA) - The People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) has urged the government and police to ensure that they provide the best possible treatment to the victims of human trafficking syndicates engaging in illegal kidney trade.

"The government and police must ensure that treatment for victims of human traffickers engaging in international kidney trade is given in the best possible way until the victim fully recovers," MPR Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said in a statement received on Friday.

He also urged the government and police to collaborate with relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate those involved in the illegal global kidney trade and impose strict sanctions on all perpetrators in accordance with the applicable regulations.

"In this way, such syndicates can be stopped and there will be no more victims of these human trafficking crimes," he affirmed.

Soesatyo expects the government and all relevant stakeholders to give serious attention to the issue of human trafficking, as it targets Indonesians using a variety of modus operandi.

He also expects that they will take preventive measures to reduce the number of such cases.

Preventive measures that they can take include informing people of the modus operandi of human traffickers, which can range from promising jobs, such as maid or ship crew, to offering to sell organs, he remarked.

People should also be informed of the risks they could face if they were to become involved in human trafficking, he stated.

"Finally, I urge all relevant stakeholders to be committed to eradicating human trafficking by putting in efforts, such as through prevention, addressing cases, and aftercare," he remarked.

Some time ago, the Greater Jakarta Regional Police (Polda Metro Jaya) brought to light the roles of 12 human traffickers who were involved in a syndicate in Tarumajaya, Bekasi, West Java.

"In this case, there are 12 people who have been named as suspects, grouped into syndicates or non-syndicates," said Head of Polda Metro Jaya Inspector-General Karyoto.

Polda Metro's Director for General Crimes Investigation Senior Commissioner Hengki Haryadi stated that of the 10 people involved in the syndicate, nine were kidney donors who ended up getting involved as recruiters.

"The two people outside the syndicate were a police officer and an immigration office staff," he added.

Related news: MPR seeks stronger Pancasila education to curb bullying
Related news: MPR highlights youngsters' strategic role in preserving democracy

Translator: Tri Meilani A, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Anton Santoso
Copyright © ANTARA 2023