Bali recently hosted an international forum on illegal trafficking of humans. Bob Carr, Bali’s Foreign Minister, says that there are 37 countries that have jumped on board and agreed to outlaw people smuggling and these countries will be cracking down on illegal trafficking.
The conference got started with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Marty Natelegawa, asking for early detection and higher prevention of human trafficking and more effort in stopping people smuggling.
Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor and Senator Carr attended the forum, in a closed session that involved 37 countries, all of who attended and agreed to engage law enforcement and their expertise along with training organizations to coordinate any crackdowns on human smuggling.
The meeting has resulted in the formation of a partnership with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. The focus is to increase the police and border security ability to respond to people smuggling. Senator Carr said other countries would need to assist the local law enforcement because the issue was far too big for one country to address on its own.
“One of the problems of increasing the intake out of Indonesia, and the Indonesian government have expressed concern about this themselves on occasions, is it creates a magnet for people to come to Indonesia,” Mr. Morrison said.