Tuesday, 07 December 2021 | 21:33 WIB

Mail Order Brides, Friends Selling, Community Asked to Beware of New Human Trafficking Modes

Illustration: Trafficking in Persons

PALANGKA RAYA, NNC - Trafficking in Persons (TIP), locally known as TPPO, is a crime of humanity that cannot be tolerated. At present there has been a shift in the modus operandi and network pattern of TIP perpetrators.

For this reason, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA) encourages all levels of society to know and be aware of all forms of crime that might occur around us.

"At present there has been a shift in the modus operandi and network pattern of TPPO actors. The perpetrators have become easier to carry out TPPO with the advancement of technology," said Deputy for Women's Rights Protection at Ministry of Women Empowerment Vennetia R Danes in Palangka Raya City, Central Kalimantan Province.

Human trafficking mode is not only related to migrant workers abroad but also new developing modes, such as mail order brides and friends selling among teenagers, students, college students, and others. The network pattern of TIP actors also developed, where many victims turned to being human trafficking perpetrators.

Sadly, a parent or family who should be a protector turned into TIP perpetrators. "ASEAN countries which were originally a destination, are currently also developing into transit areas because of the ease of entering the country, to go to countries that should be prohibited [moratorium]," Vennetia explained, as in a press release NNC received on Sunday (10/14/2018).

There are several other things that also need to be considered, that is, institutional strengthening, system strengthening, law enforcement, coordination and cross-sector cooperation. The role of the community in providing preliminary information to law enforcement officials regarding indications of human trafficking is also a major key in combating crime in general.

Vennetia added that victims were mostly women and children. Not a few of them suffered severe trauma (physical and mental) and were ensnared in debt, making them in increasingly vulnerable conditions.

Therefore, currently the challenge is how to make Trafficking in Persons Prevention-Handling Task Force functions optimally in the community.

"We all need to increase our commitment and innovate in eradicating TPPO as has been done in several regions. To achieve this, an adequate budget, an action plan with measurable performance indicators is needed, supported by a holistic and systematic reporting data system, and inherent supervision."

For Vennetia, the structure of the Trafficking in Persons Prevention-Handling Task Force should be filled with operational institutions that are able to move dynamically, but of course with the direction of the Regional Head and Regional Apparatus Organization Heads as policy makers. Communities, especially parents, should also improve their children's understanding and safeguard against the initial indications of Trafficking in Persons because the modes and patterns continue to develop.