Jambi (ANTARA) - The Jambi Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle six persons from Kerinci District, Jambi, to Malaysia and arrested a suspect.

“The police arrested a suspect and six victims of human trafficking who will be sent from their hometown in Kerinci to Malaysia,” a spokesman of the Jambi Police Senior Commissioner Mulia Prianto stated here on Thursday.

Prianto remarked that the arrest was made when the police, at 8:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday (October 10), stopped a white minivan carrying the six victims at Lubuk Nagodang Village, Siulak Sub-district, Kerinci, on its way to the airport in West Sumatra.

The six victims, comprising five women and a man, would be sent to Malaysia by the suspect identified by his initial as L, 47.

The five females would be placed as domestic workers, while the man would work as a cleaning staff.

L promised that they would be paid RM1,500, or Rp4 million, per month, but their wages for the first four months would be deducted by the suspect, Prianto remarked.

The migrant workers' placement was illegal, as it was made without any legal documents from related institutions, he added.

The police seized five passports, one cellular phone, four Kerinci-Padang tickets, and four airline tickets from Padang to Malaysia.

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