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Gov't, Indonesia working to fight human trafficking

TAIPEI--Taiwan has begun working with Indonesia to combat human trafficking and better protect human rights, National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said yesterday.

β€œA memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a partnership in immigration affairs and the prevention of human trafficking and smuggling was signed by our two countries on Sept. 28 and takes effect today,” Hsieh said.

β€œIt was the first agreement of its kind that Taiwan has sealed with a Southeast Asian country,” he said.

The signing of the MOU will offer people from the two sides better human rights protection, especially in protecting migrant workers from exploitation by human traffickers or manpower brokers, Hsieh said.

Indonesia has a large contingent of migrant workers in Taiwan. Of the 181,236 Indonesian nationals currently in Taiwan, about 100,000 are blue-collar workers, according to Hsieh.

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