TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Soegeng Rahardjo, the Indonesian Ambassador to China and Mongolia, estimated many Indonesians had continued to fall victim to human trafficking in China.
“I believe this is like the tip of an iceberg, “ he said in Beijing, China, on Monday, May 11, 2015, when answering reporters’ questions on the existence of illegal Indonesian migrant workers in Mainland China.
Soegeng said his office had repatriated at least 40 illegal Indonesian workers from China since January this year, and explained that the Chinese government had barred migrant workers from its territories, except for Hong Kong and Macau.
He added human trafficking cases in Mainland China, including those involving Indonesians, had been difficult to tackle. “There are indicators that victims and human trafficking rings are collaborating,” he said, adding that arrested victims always gave vague answers when questioned by the security authorities.
Soegeng emphasized that his office would continue battling human trafficking in tandem with the Chinese government.
Most of female migrant workers smuggled from Indonesia become prostitutes in China, while the male ones hired as laborers in factories and ports.