BI to deport Indonesian human trafficking ring leader

By Ferdinand Patinio

February 23, 2024, 2:18 pm

<p><span class="s1">Aris</span><span class="s1"> Wahyudi <em>(Photo courtesy of BI)</em></span></p>

Aris Wahyudi (Photo courtesy of BI)

MANILA – An Indonesian wanted in his home country for human trafficking is set to be deported for being an undesirable and undocumented alien, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Friday.

In a statement, Commissioner Norman Tansingco said the suspect, 43-year-old Aris Wahyudi alias 'Romeo', was arrested by members of the Fugitive Search unit along Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati City on Feb. 20.

The BI chief issued a mission order for Wahyudi’s arrest after receiving information from the Indonesian government which sought his deportation.

Wahyudi has a standing arrest warrant issued by the Indonesian National Police last Jan. 18 for violating a provision of Indonesia’s Eradication of the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons Law.

Wahyudi allegedly operated a human trafficking syndicate that illegally recruited and financed Indonesian nationals to work in Cambodia without proper permits.

The foreigner's passport already expired in August last year, Tansingco added.

“As a foreigner accused of human trafficking, his presence here poses a serious risk to our poor countrymen who might also fall prey to his illegal scheme,” he said.

He is detained at the BI warden facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City pending deportation proceedings. (PNA)