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Beaten and electrocuted, dozen of Indonesian citizens alleged to be victims of human trafficking in Myanmar

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Jakarta, IO – Dozen of Indonesian migrant workers have again become victims of fraud. After previous cases in Cambodia, they now fell victim to human trafficking in Myanmar, reported Republika, Monday (3/4).

Indonesian Migrant Workers’ Union advocacy coordinator Juwarih said that her organization has received complaints from 20 Indonesian citizens. “Of the 20 people, three of them are residents of Indramayu regency,” said Juwarih.

She revealed that the victims were tricked into entering Myanmar illegally by sea from Bangkok, Thailand. They claimed that when they arrived in Bangkok, two armed men escorted them to the border between Thailand and Myanmar.

Juwarih said they were coaxed by recruiters to work as computer operators at a stock exchange company in Thailand with a promise of a salary worth Rp8 million to Rp10 million per month working 12 hours a day. They were also promised four meals per day and free lodgings.

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