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Indonesia Pushes for Comprehensive Strengthening of Combating Trafficking in Persons at the 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023

Jakarta, Indonesia Sentinel – Trafficking in persons (TPPO) is one of the important issues discussed at the plenary session of the 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023, which will be chaired by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

ASEAN leaders pay high attention to the issue. This is because according to records, TPPO cases in the region are increasing and occur through fraudulent methods using information and communication technology. Indonesia also took the initiative to propose strengthening joint efforts in eradicating these crimes.

“Indonesia’s initiative as a form of regional efforts in handling TPPO will be discussed and outlined in the ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration on Combating TIP Caused by Abuse of Technology,” said Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, Monday (1/5/2023) in Jakarta.

The complexity of the TPPO problem, he said, requires collective regional handling efforts. Starting from the stages of detection, prevention, protection, repatriation, rehabilitation and addressing the root of the problem.

For this reason, the capacity of law enforcers of ASEAN member countries needs to be strengthened in conducting investigations, collecting evidence, identifying victims and prosecution. There is also a need to strengthen cooperation for the prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims.

The 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023 will also discuss issues related to strengthening ASEAN institutions, ASEAN’s post-2025 vision, post-pandemic economic recovery, strengthening health architecture in the region, as well as other important issues in the region and outside the region. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs/TR/Elvira)

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