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Our vision is to see slavery abolished and the lives of survivors restored through creating awareness, empowering advocacy, and building partnerships for the prevention, rescue, and restoration of trafficked people in Bali and throughout Indonesia.



Trafficking is a largely unspoken and unknown problem in Indonesia, and prevention strategies are critical. Beyond simple awareness and advocacy, good prevention addresses the root vulnerabilities in communities that lead to human trafficking.



Whether a victim is able to escape on their own or they are rescued, this part of combating sex trafficking requires the engagement of local law enforcement and government structures to physically remove people from danger and to arrest and prosecute those responsible for their exploitation.



Restoration after the trauma of human trafficking is a long road. Quality aftercare is holistic and involves education, counseling, medical care, repatriation, job training. It should be individualized for each person.

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" - Martin Luther King Jr.



Register for our upcoming virtual event on June 26, How People Become Human Trafficking Victims HERE.

We are hosting the first ever National Indonesian Anti-Trafficking Gathering to equip our coalition partners with up-to-date information from our sector, increase their longevity in the field, coach them on easily implementable polices and global leading practices, and cultivate new and deeper relationships among community members. Learn More >


The Reality of Human Trafficking in Indonesia

Indonesia is a beautiful nation filled with stunning landscapes, rich culture, and hospitable people. It is also a hotspot for human trafficking. According to the Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 1,220,000 Indonesians enslaved today. Many of these men, women, and children are trafficked for labor or domestic servitude domestically and internationally, while others are exploited in the sex trade. 43% of Indonesian trafficking victims are between the ages of 14-17.

Conditions That Create Vulnerabilities

While many parts of the country are economic hubs due to tourism or trade, Indonesians from impoverished areas are seeking better education and job opportunities. Many migrate out of the country with promises of well-paying jobs only to find themselves enslaved as domestic workers or in the fishing, agriculture, logging, or sex industries. The demand for sex services in larger cities by both foreign sex tourists and local consumers has created a pipeline for adult and child victims of sex trafficking from all over the country. The commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism is a particular concern in major tourist hubs like Bali, Batam, and Jakarta. According to the Trafficking in Persons report, there were 70,000 – 80,0000 children being sold for sex throughout all 34 Indonesian provinces in 2020, but local advocates believe the number is likely much higher.

Helping Combat Trafficking

Human trafficking takes place within a sophisticated network of criminals, and combatting human trafficking effectively requires an equally sophisticated community of abolitionists. Put simply, this enormous injustice cannot be solved by any single organization. For this reason, Dark Bali is committed bringing together every individual and organization fighting human trafficking in Indonesia so that we can function as one coordinated and powerful unit.

Current Developments

Giving Tuesday 2021

Project Updates

Join Dark Bali this year as we launch a Trafficking Prevention project on the island of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) where the 21% unemployment rate and deep poverty is a direct pipeline into human trafficking. Traffickers realize that teens and young adults from NTT are desperate enough for jobs that they are willing to take risks to seek work on other islands and in other countries. We believe we can make a significant impact simply by working with community leaders to educate them on safe migration and red flags for trafficking . Together with our coalition partners through the generosity of supporters around the world, Dark Bali will be launching a prevention project in NTT. Donate here!

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The Female Victim Myth What About the Boys

The Female Victim Myth: What About the Boys?

Typically, sex trafficking is presented as a crime primarily affecting women and girls. In data sets as recent as five years ago, researchers asserted that a whopping 97% of all sex trafficking victims are female. It is a narrative that has driven policy as well as justified the disproportionate allocation of funding and resources to […]

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