Jakarta. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Wednesday (27/09) called for increased global efforts to stop human trafficking at a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
"Indonesia calls to enhance global effort to curb trafficking in persons [...] We must redouble our collective effort through partnership and cooperation. Countries of origin, transit and destination must work more closely," Retno said.
During the meeting, UN member states reaffirmed their commitments to a global plan of action to end the global crime through the adoption of a political declaration based on a 2010 UN resolution to combat trafficking in persons.
According to a report released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, tens of millions of people across the globe are victims of forced labor, sexual servitude, recruitment as child soldiers, and other forms of exploitation and abuse.
Wednesday’s meeting highlighted the importance for legal and safe migration channels as well as the need for countries around the world to ensure the rights of refugees to asylum.
The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, said in his speech "international cooperation is essential, including for information sharing, law enforcement and legal assistance."
He added a "survivor-centered approach is critical" to address the issue.
During her speech, Retno also touched on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, which has led to around 480,000 mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.
International human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have voiced concerns the refugees could be targeted by people smugglers and human traffickers.
"As the number of refugees increase, we must prepare anticipative measures [to] ensure the welfare and safety of refugees. We must prevent them from being exploited by traffickers," Retno said.
She urged the international community to band together and prevent the crisis in Rakhine State from escalating into "another disaster."