Dating foreigners can trick women in Indonesia to become drug addicts, warns Indonesia's anti-narcotics chief.
The remarks were the latest salvo in Indonesia's war on narcotics and came after eight drug convicts, including seven foreigners, were put to death by firing squad in April, sparking international anger.
AdvertisementHead of the national anti-drugs agency, Anang Iskandar, said that many Indonesian women were languishing in prisons abroad because they were "easily tricked into drug-trafficking".
"Do not be careless in relationships with foreigners. They give gifts of plane tickets, you have just got to know them and started dating. It is easy to be tempted, you have to be careful," he warned in comments to reporters in Jakarta to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse.
Indonesia has faced criticism for focusing heavily on the role of foreigners in the country's drug problems, and failing to do enough to combat official complicity in the illicit trade.
However President Joko Widodo vowed to focus more on Indonesian security officials involved in drug dealing and prisons where criminals run narcotics networks from behind bars.
Widodo has been a vocal supporter of the death penalty for drug offences, rejecting clemency pleas for narcotics convicts on death row.