Every year millions of Indonesian workers, predominately women, leave their families and villages to seek work abroad as migrant workers. Approximately 4.3 million legal workers are employed overseas, with 60 per cent of those in countries in the Middle East. Undocumented migrants inflate the number to almost 15 million.
The exploitation and poor treatment of these female workers continues to cause public outcry and has even included killings and families requesting ‘blood money’ to release women falsely accused of crimes.
Western student Kevin Vuong is hoping to begin to reverse this destructive trend.