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Elly Anita

Indonesia , Class of 2009

Elly Anita

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After a horrific ordeal at the hands of a fraudulent recruitment company in Iraq, Elly Anita joined the NGO Migrant Care.

She signed up to be a secretary in Dubai, which sounded like a good job. But she was never sent to Dubai. Instead, she was sent to Iraq, where she continually had trouble with her employment agency. She eventually refused to work, and they beat her, threatened her, and held a gun to her head. She was only able to escape when the office was empty, despite having been beaten almost to death. Using the internet, she e-mailed a friend, who in turn directed her to embassy officials, and to people who worked for the Indonesian organization Migrant Care. They contacted the International Organization for Migration, who helped her escape, although just barely, with her life. She returned to Indonesia and became an advocate against the trafficking of laborers through her work with Migrant Care, the organization that helped save her. She was able to save a number of other people from the same agency in Iraq, and continues to fight for the rights of migrant workers. In 2009, she was honored as a "TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery" in recognition of her efforts to combat human trafficking.

In the 2014 TIP Report, Indonesia was listed as a Tier 2 country. It is primarily a source country, but has also been used as both a transit and a destination country. Sex trafficking occurs both internally and abroad, children are trafficked for domestic servitude and sexual purposes, and forced labor is also an issue. The government is taking steps to combat the issue, but more must be done before they will fully comply with the minimum requirements for combatting human trafficking. 

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