The Indonesian government officially sent a letter of protest to the Government of Singapore, Tuesday (09/18/2018). The protest was due to the Singapore Carousell website showing advertisements for buying and selling services for domestic workers or Indonesian migrant workers.
Director of Foreign Workers Placement of the Ministry of Manpower (Kemnaker) Soes Hindharno said it was strongly protesting against the act of selling Indonesian migrant workers in Singapore.
"The Ministry of Manpower through the Manpower Attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has sent a letter of protest to the Singapore Government to follow up on this matter," he said.
Although the ad was removed, he said it was not enough, there must be more decisive action related to it.
"The Ministry of Manpower feels that it is not enough to close or stop the advertisement, then the case is considered complete. There must still be strict action against the advertisers," he said.
To prevent this from happening again, the Indonesian government will follow up through bilateral meetings with the Government of Singapore.
Previously reported by the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore is currently investigating the case of the sale of a number of domestic helpers allegedly from Indonesia at one of the commercial sites.
Through a statement on Facebook, the ministry claimed, "aware of the case of a number of domestic workers from abroad being improperly marketed".
"We are investigating this case, and have arranged for this offer to be revoked," said the Singapore Ministry of Labor.
Newspapers report that the offer was uploaded by a user named @ maid.recruitment. Inside, there are various faces of a number of domestic helpers who are thought to be from Indonesia.