Knowledge is power in any society's fight against human trafficking. Educating yourself and your community about what it is - and isn't - is a great first step in standing up to trafficking. Learn about this complex issue and help bring more awareness to your community.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is strictly against the law. The Indonesian government defines it in their landmark Anti-Trafficking law (UU No. 21 tahun 2007) as:

Trafficking in Persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, harboring, sending, transfer, or receipt of a person by means of threat or use of force, abduction, incarceration, fraud, deception, the abuse of power or a position of vulnerability, debt bondage or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, whether committed within the country or cross-border, for the purpose of exploitation or which causes the exploitation of a person.

This definition closely follows that of the United Nations’ Trafficking in Person’s Protocol, of which Indonesia is a signatory.

The chart below helps organize the definition of this complex issue.