US to help trafficking victims in Indonesia

US to help trafficking victims in Indonesia

The US government has said it plans to contribute approximately US$225,000 (S$297,000) in emergency victim assistance funds to help support efforts conducted by the Indonesia government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to rescue hundreds of Burmese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai fishermen, victims of forced labour stranded in eastern Indonesia.

"This is in addition to the assistance from existing US government-supported programs in the region," the US Embassy in Jakarta said in a release on Tuesday.

The US Embassy has commended the Indonesian government's immediate actions to help the victims. It has also encouraged Indonesia's leadership in combating human trafficking in the fishing industry and bringing to justice those responsible.

"The US hopes that this tragic case will raise awareness of the issue and contribute to a regional approach to addressing the problem in a systematic manner," the release said.

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