A man arrested in Jakarta earlier this month for human trafficking was sending victims to Bali as work as spa therapists, Jakarta Police revealed on Thursday.
At least four victims were caught up in the operation, which led to the arrest of Ilham Rairamanda, 21, on Sept. 12, Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday.
“The results of the investigation found that the perpetrator, called Ilham, was bringing four victims, one of whom was still a minor,” Yuwono said, as quoted by CNN Indonesia.
The four victims, AF, 18, SN, 21, AL, 18, and SM, 17, were being taken by Ilham to Bali on Lion Air flight JT42.
The perpetrator had fake identity documents made for the four victims, which also included falsified domicile data and ages, Yuwono said.
Ilham was working with a spa owner named Budi, who has been added to police’s wanted list.
“The perpetrator proposed that the victims to be sexually exploited by offering them through the social media app, BeeTalk,” he explained.
Ilham is being charged with a number of criminal offenses, including multiple violations of the Child Protection Act of 2002, as well as violating Indonesia’s Law concerning the Eradication of Crimes in Human Trafficking.
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