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Original scientific paper

The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking

Ike Herdiana   ORCID icon ; Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
Mein Woei Suen ; Department of Psychology, Asia University, Taiwan, Province of China
Myrtati D. Artaria   ORCID icon ; Department of Psychology, Asia University, Taiwan, Province of China

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APA 6th Edition
Herdiana, I., Woei Suen, M. & Artaria, M.D. (2019). The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking. Collegium antropologicum, 43 (4), 241-250. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Herdiana, Ike, et al. "The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking." Collegium antropologicum, vol. 43, no. 4, 2019, pp. 241-250. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Herdiana, Ike, Mein Woei Suen and Myrtati D. Artaria. "The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking." Collegium antropologicum 43, no. 4 (2019): 241-250.
Herdiana, I., Woei Suen, M., and Artaria, M.D. (2019). 'The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking', Collegium antropologicum, 43(4), pp. 241-250. Available at: (Accessed 30 October 2020)
Herdiana I, Woei Suen M, Artaria MD. The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking. Collegium antropologicum [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2020 October 30];43(4):241-250. Available from:
I. Herdiana, M. Woei Suen and M.D. Artaria, "The Society’s Perspective of Human Trafficking", Collegium antropologicum, vol.43, no. 4, pp. 241-250, 2019. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30 October 2020]

Human trafficking has been a great concern in Indonesia and around the world, because the impact is devastating
for the individual, the family, and later on the society as well. Meanwhile, human trafficking keeps happening because of
the vulnerability of the victims, related to the social and economic backgrounds. The aim of this research is to identify
society’s perspective on human trafficking and its scope. Our intention is to identify the possible means to decrease the
number, and perhaps that will be suitable in other societies as well. This study used the survey method in a number of
sub-districts in several districts in East Java, Indonesia, namely Gempol (Pasuruan), Karang Binangun (Lamongan),
Papar (Kediri), Nglegok (Blitar), and Donomulyo (Malang). The subjects in this study were representatives of community
leaders, village staff, and community organizations, such as PKK cadres, working groups, teachers, youth and dasa
wisma, culminating in as many as 141 participants. The data were obtained through questionnaires and focus group
discussions (FGD). FGD questionnaires and guidance were based on issues relating to the research objectives, ie.: identifying
human trafficking based on society’s perspectives. The data were analyzed using a descriptive analysis of survey
results reported in tabulation and percentages. This study showed that in general, most of the society members who
participated in this study had good knowledge about human trafficking. They gained insight from a variety of sources
and more from television. This showed that the government and private sectors in Indonesia had considerable concern
for this phenomenon. However, the number of human trafficking cases in Indonesia has not decreased. There are still
some people who do not know the details about human trafficking, for example about the actions to be taken when seeing
or experiencing this scenario. If people know about the insights and knowledge of human trafficking, they can have the
ability to detect the existence of human trafficking problems in their surroundings, thereby reducing the level of society’s
vulnerability to the case. We propose that the number of human trafficking may be decreased by the participation of both
the government and the society together, by detecting the signs by the society, close relatives, and close friends of the vulnerable

human trafficking, society’s perspective, social control, human trafficking detection

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