Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection is urging the public to use the World Day against Trafficking in Persons as a momentum to raise awareness about human trafficking (TPPO).

"We remind this every year on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This is a moment to remind us to beware of human trafficking. Currently, many Indonesians become victims of human trafficking," Ministry's Deputy for woman's rights protection, Ratna Susiawati, stated in Jakarta.

The remarks were made during the commemoration of World Day against Trafficking in Persons that fell on July 30 in Jakarta.

The deputy underscored the importance of synergy and collaboration between ministries/agencies and relevant stakeholders in eliminating TPPO.

"Call every party to be more vigilant, aware, and committed to jointly synergize and collaborate to solve the problems caused by TPPO," she affirmed.

Apart from handling the case, her side also highlighted the importance of deterring human trafficking.

"To prevent it from happening is important," she stressed.

According to Susiawati, the ministry has been running a "dare to speak" campaign for the past three years to encourage victims of abuse, including human trafficking, to come forward and report the abuse they have experienced.

In addition, the ministry has set up SAPA 129, a call center for victims of abuse, including human trafficking, to report any issues they may be facing.

Susiawati emphasized the importance of character values and literacy education within families as the smallest unit of society to prevent human trafficking.

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