Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of the Presidential Staff (KSP), Moeldoko, has called for improvements in governing internships abroad following the case of four Indonesian students in Germany.

The students are suspected of being victims of human trafficking with the lure of an internship in Germany through the Ferienjob program.

"This incident serves as a lesson for our nation," he said while chairing a coordination meeting on the issue, as quoted in a press statement from his office on Wednesday.

"Many of our students want to go abroad but do not have the money, so they do not think about the risk, and this is worsened by poor governance," he added.

Moeldoko said that Ferienjob is a good internship program as it offers an effective learning method for students, namely learning by working.

He explained that it is an official program offered by German employment agencies to provide opportunities for students to work and earn extra money.

"This is an official program, but the information provided to the campus does not match. So, there is disinformation from the program to the students," he said.

At the meeting, Moeldoko asked the National Police to investigate the case in greater detail because the matter concerns higher education in Indonesia.

He also asked that the issue not be politicized, as that could cause a disruption in public space.

"For this reason, the KSP is present and engaged in this matter so that it does not become a tool that can be used for other purposes, especially now that it is a political year," Moeldoko said.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry, the Manpower Ministry, the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and the National Police's Criminal Investigation Agency.

The National Police previously uncovered a case of suspected human trafficking using the Ferienjob internship program for Indonesian students in Germany.

The Director of General Crimes at the National Police's Criminal Investigation Agency, Police Brigadier General Djuhandhani Rahardjo Puro, said on Wednesday that the disclosure of the case began with a report from the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin regarding four students who admitted to being employed illegally.

He said that five people had been named as suspects in the case.

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