Indonesia’s efforts to tackle human trafficking not enough, activists say

Activists and members of humanitarian organizations pointed out government shortcomings in tackling human trafficking during a seminar on Friday night, saying that more needs to be done. The seminar, which was held in South Jakarta and was themed “Justice and Mercy: Uniting to Eradicate Human Trafficking”, was organized by the Rumah Hati Suci orphanage and the Women Gospel Community. There were three keynote speakers: Mia Marina from NGO Integritas Justitia Madani Indonesia, Irena Handayani from Talitha Kum Indonesia, an organization of Catholic nuns fighting against human trafficking and Chrisanctus Paschalis Saturnus, a priest and human rights activist in Batam, Riau Islands province who is better known as Romo Paschal. Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, better known as Bintang Puspayoga, also participated in the event. She opened the seminar with a speech focusing on the current state of human trafficking in Indonesia.

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