Subject: JP: East Timor deports RI migrant workers

October 21, 2004

Jakarta Post

East Timor deports RI migrant workers

KUPANG, East Nusa Tenggara: East Timor Immigration Office has deported nine Indonesian migrant workers for immigration violations, a senior government official disclosed on Wednesday.

Slamet Santoso, the head of Atambua immigration office in the East Nusa Tenggara regency of Belu, said that the women migrant workers were accused of working as hotel waitresses and sex workers, thus violating their visas.

The action was also aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the tiny country, which separated from Indonesian in 1999. -- JP

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