Thank you Mentors. With your support we have each been working to assist and support trafficking victims in Indonesia. Human trafficking is a serious problem in our country, affecting women and men, boys and girls. Victims are trafficked to Indonesia, from Indonesia to foreign countries, as well as within Indonesia. And yet these individuals do not always get the help they need to recover and reintegrate after their trafficking exploitation.
We have for the past two years conducted in-depth, community-based research with trafficking victims to learn directly from them about their trafficking experiences, their reintegration needs, as well as the issues and challenges they face in their lives over time. We have conducted repeat interviews with more than one hundred trafficking victims in seven districts of West Java, Indonesia as well as family members.
To ensure that reintegration programs meet the real life needs of trafficked persons, it is important to speak directly with and learn from trafficking victims about their experiences of exploitation as well as their issues and challenges after trafficking. This helps us to learn what services and support trafficking victims need and how services can better support their self-sufficiency in the long term.