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Indonesia Joins Fight Against Online Scams and Human Trafficking

Indonesia’s foreign minister met with Cambodia’s police chief to discuss ways to address human trafficking after 62 Indonesians were rescued from the clutches of online scam organisations in Cambodia.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi meets Cambodia's National Police Chief Neth Savoeun in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/via Marsudi's Twitter
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi meets Cambodia's National Police Chief Neth Savoeun in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/via Marsudi's Twitter

Indonesia has pledged to cooperate with Cambodian authorities to tackle online scamming and prevent human trafficking.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi met with Cambodian National Police Chief Neth Savoeun to discuss the issues of human trafficking and online scamming following the recent rescue of 62 Indonesians.

“[I] had a good meeting with the chief of Police of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. We discussed cooperation to address [the] exploitation of Indonesians by online scammer companies and prevent measures for trafficking in person,” Marsudi said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Marsudi, who is in Phnom Penh for the 55th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM), said she appreciates the assistance of Cambodian police and authorities in the recent release of 62 Indonesians held by online scam companies in Cambodia.

“We agreed to strengthen police-to-police cooperation to address trafficking in-person issues,” she continued.

National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said the talks between Marsudi and Savoeun were about bilateral cooperation between law enforcement.

“This is to strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational crime,” he told Kiripost on Wednesday. “It is a small cooperation but this cooperation is much broader,” he added.

“It is good, especially the Cambodian National Police Force, now we have cooperation with many partner countries both inside and outside the region, especially Indonesia, in part Indonesia is a member of ASEAN, Indonesia is a regional cooperation partner in the form. And there will be other cooperation related to the fight against transnational crime.”

He added that they did not mention the fight against online scamming during the meeting. However, he said they are considering moving forward to pen a Memorandum of Understanding to establish more direct and effective cooperation with Indonesia.

Human rights activist Am Sam Ath said online scamming and human trafficking is a concern and dangerous, and victims are demanding measures be put in place.