Police hunt recruiter of detained Indonesian migrants in Cambodia

Police hunt recruiter of detained Indonesian migrants in Cambodia

The police in Riau are searching for Jefry Sun alias Hasan, who allegedly recruited 16 Indonesian migrant workers to work in a casino in Kandal, Cambodia, where they are now being held captive by the casino's management.

Jefry, from Selat Panjang, Meranti Island, Riau, went missing after he was accused of taking Rp 2.1 billion (S$212,000) from the casino.

The 16 Indonesians, all from Selat Panjang, Meranti Island, who have worked for a couple of weeks at the casino, have been held detained by the casino in response to the theft.

The police confiscated US dollars, Singaporean dollars and Malaysian ringgit from Jefry's bedroom in a raid on his parents' home in Selat Panjang on Saturday.

His parents said they did not know their son's whereabouts and were unaware of the nature of his work, since he had been away from home for a long period.

Meranti Island Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Zahwani Pandra Arsyad said after the raid on Saturday that the police were seeking evidence of Jefry's alleged involvement in the theft.

"The raid was aimed at seeking information on Jefry's whereabouts. We will continue searching until he is arrested," he said.

The families of the 16 Indonesians have filed a report to the Meranti Island Police, claiming that their children are being held captive in Cambodia and are victims of a crime committed by Jefry, who is responsible for sending them to the country and for their employment at the casino.

Zahwani said the 16 residents of Selat Panjang were taken to Cambodia through Batam and Singapore with the promise that they would be paid Rp 6 million per month.

He said they had asked to be sent home after they realised that they would be employed at the casino and the work was not in line with what Jefry had promised.

Zahwani, who had recently returned from Kandal, Cambodia, said all the Indonesians were in good health and would be released after the case was settled.

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