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Tuesday, 13 January, 2015 | 10:34 WIB
BNP2TKI Suspends 30 Employment Agents

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) head Nusron Wahid has suspended 30 Indonesian migrant worker recruitment and placement agencies (PPTKIS) for violating government regulations by sending workers to the United Arab Emirates, a country on which it has imposed a moratorium.

Nusron said he learned the violation when visiting Abu Dhabi two weeks ago to meet with 189 Indonesian migrant workers who fell victim to human trafficking. The workers were sent to the country by employment agencies no longer on BNP2TKI's list.

The suspended PPTKIS also allegedly scammed migrant workers by promising them jobs as cleaning service or hotel employees in Bahrain, Egypt and Oman. It turned out, however, they were sent to the United Arab Emirates to work as household assistants instead.

Nusron said he had not decided when the suspension will be lifted but confirmed he would conduct further investigation into the matter for the next six months.

Migrant Care executive director Anis Hidayah urged the government to drag problematic employment agents to court to display its commitment to protecting migrant workers. She added suspending them would not yield deterrent effects. “These agents commit human trafficking, which is a criminal act,” she said.

She also reminded the government to create a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for migrant workers overseas to crack down on more problematic employment agents, and said that Nusron’s method of visiting foreign countries to investigate employment agents should serve as a last resort.



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