The government of Indonesia managed to earn the ire of migrant worker groups when it implemented a ban on Indonesians being employed as domestic servants in 21 countries across the world, particularly in countries in the Middle East.
The move aims to reduce the physical and sexual abuse domestic workers from Indonesia are subjected to. However, the move is expected to boost illegal trade in domestic workers from the country, putting them in dangers like never before rather than acting as a deterrent.
The ban on migrants working abroad as domestic helpers is the only successful way the government sees to protect Indonesian citizens from any form of abuse. The International Migrants Alliance caters to the abuse of such migrant workers. It has more than 150 units operative in 35 countries across the globe.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo came out vehemently in support of the legislation seeking a ban on migrants from Indonesia. He called for a review of the policy that fostered such migrations citing loss of national honour and pride in the process.
All this comes in the wake of the safety of Indonesian workers in foreign countries being at stake. Countries in the Middle East hold a poor standard when it comes to this end. He hinted at the execution of two maids from Indonesia while in Saudi Arabia, which is a popular destination for those willing to work as domestic helpers. The criticism put forth this time was that the Indonesian government was not intimated of the development. The Saudi ambassador in Indonesia was summoned up for discussions in this case.