Combating Human Trafficking from a Southeast Asian Periphery
Presented by Dr. Amelia Joan Liwe, Senior Lecturer, International Relations, Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), Karawaci, Indonesia and SEASSI Indonesian Language Coordinator.
Abstract: Human trafficking is an extraordinary crime that involves transnational activities and actors. Southeast Asia is one of the world regions that becomes the supplier, transit and destination for the regional and global human trafficking. International community has taken a number of initiatives to tackle this problem. Nevertheless, the local government and communities are on the frontline to combat human trafficking. This presentation highlights such efforts from the northern peninsula of Sulawesi. Using biographical approach, my research follows the life story of a women’s right activist and a former high rank official of North Sulawesi who proposed the bill that addressed human trafficking. Her efforts made North Sulawesi the first province in Indonesia that passed a local regulation on human trafficking. In 2013, the US Embassy in Jakarta nominated her as a local hero on combatting human trafficking. This study also shows the importance and relevance of area studies, particularly the study of language and culture, in tackling international problems such as human trafficking.
This lecture is free and open to the public.