Indonesia continues to be a major source country and destination country for trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor trafficking and sexual trafficking. Women and children are the majority of victims, and continue to be the most vulnerable populations of this crime across the nation.
Below you will find the most recent available statistics on trafficking in Indonesia. Because trafficking cases are often under reported, facts on this complex issue are difficult to obtain and probably don’t represent the full impact of the problem. Rather, we present these facts to educate and galvanize the public to action in the fight against human trafficking in Indonesia.
UNICEF estimates that about 100,000 women and children are trafficked from Indonesia every year, and that 40,000-70,000 of these are child victims of sexual exploitation. [Source]
It is estimated that about 30% of prostitutes in Indonesia are under the age of 18. [Source]
In 2007 alone, the National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI) recorded more than 2000 child trafficking cases in Indonesia. [Source]
The Women’s Institute, based in west Java, reports that some 43.5% of trafficking victims are as young as 14 years old (though most of those involved are 17 years old). [Source]
According to Indonesia’s Tourism Department, between 1972 and 2008, 13,707 children were sexually exploited in tourist destinations. [Source]