Women as Commodities, the Analysis of Local Culture Factor and Communication Approach of Women Trafficking in West Java, Indonesia

Atwar Bajari


Trafficking in Indonesia had emerged since the Japanese colonial era. Women were given promises to work as artist  in the Sakura country. But in reality, they were held imprisoned and made ??the sex object in Japanese army camps in Indonesia. The stories of women trafficking eventually trapped the victims into prostitution.Top of Form

West Java is the provinces with the largest trafficking victims. This time, counties and cities in West Java became the biggest of  supplier women migrant workers. Many efforts have been made by the provincial and counties/cities. Starting from the attempt of preemptive, preventive and curative.

This paper is based on field observations and review of document reports (Metadata). The data  have been collected through interviews and observations to the area of trafficking in west Java and sending areas  such as Batam in Riau and Kalimantan border.

This study shows that poverty, low education, local culture (mluruduit) are the cause factors of women become a commodity in the trafficking. In addition, interpersonal communication approach through family members, couples and boyfriend by recruiters is the strategy in the recruitment of potential victims of trafficking.

Keywords: Women trafficking, West Java, local cultural, mluruduit , and interpersonal communication,

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