World Day Against Trafficking in Person


In commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Person, please find below a selection of pictures that depict IOM's efforts against human trafficking and infographics describing relevant statistics. 

The Palermo Protocols rigidly define Trafficking in Person and forms the basis of Indonesia’s Law 21/2007 on the Elimination of Human Trafficking Crimes. This definition becomes the basis to determine whether the individual is a Victim of Trafficking or not. 

Victims of Trafficking often suffer physical and psychological injuries. IOM Indonesia, usually in collaboration with government institutions, ensures each and every survivor receives the medical attention they deserve. 

Helping trafficking survivors regain independence and re-adapt to life at home is at the heart of IOM’s Reintegration Assistance. The returnees are offered various options to re-start their lives including education, training, and income generating activities like mushroom farming, so they will not be re-victimized due to their economic vulnerable.














Financial empowerment is a key element of IOM’s grassroots prevention work to reduce the susceptibility of women to the lure of traffickers. Past activities have included providing start-up capital to women’s cooperatives, working with local NGOs to train teens in high-end sewing and embroidery, expanding the local agricultural base by teaching duck farming new harvesting and recycling techniques, and opening salt farms in coastal areas.

Trafficking can happen to anyone at any age.  IOM’s database shows that more females have been identified as victims of trafficking, but male victimization is also a reality that is underreported and under-identified (30%). 

IOM’s database shows that people with lower education are more prone to trafficking: 57 percent of assisted victims reported elementary school- or lower level of education. 

Human Trafficking does not only happen to people who are going abroad. Although the majority of IOM’s work with the government focuses on overseas workers, 16 percent of the caseload were trafficked within Indonesia.  Look around, exploitation, particularly of domestic workers is probably happening in your neighborhood. 

Seventy-four percent of victims are transferred across more than one mode of transportation, making trafficking difficult to detect. Look around, they might be riding the same bus, train or plane as you!