Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection has provided assistance to a 14-year-old West Sumatran girl who allegedly fell victim to human trafficking and was abandoned in Jakarta.

"We are ready to provide the services needed by the victim, both psychological and legal assistance," said Ratna Susianawati, the ministry's Deputy for Protection of Women's Rights, on Tuesday.

The ministry is coordinating intensively with the Jakarta Women and Child Protection Center to provide health rehabilitation services and psychological assistance to the victim, who is still experiencing trauma due to the incident.

A friend lured the victim to Padang, West Sumatra, with the promise of work. However, the perpetrator then transported her against her will to Jakarta, abandoning her on a toll road in the capital city. A coffee seller discovered the victim and brought her to the local social services.

"We appreciate the courage of the coffee seller who was willing to help and take the victim to the local social services," Susianawati said.

She emphasized that human trafficking is an extraordinary crime that must be handled seriously because its networks and syndicates have reached foreign countries.

Human trafficking cases can be resolved immediately if all parties work together and move quickly to prevent and overcome them, she added.

"Prevention and handling of human trafficking cases must be carried out by everyone through synergy and cooperation in a comprehensive and sustainable manner," she said.

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