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What should we do about the sex trade?

  • Nadhira Nuraini Afifa
    Nadhira Nuraini Afifa

    Physician practicing in Lombok who has also conducted several studies on HIV/AIDS in Indonesia

Lombok   /   Thu, November 30, 2017   /  12:48 pm
What should we do about the sex trade? On alert -- A police officer shows several pieces of evidence they confiscated in a raid against an online prostitution ring. (Tempo/File)

The number of HIV/AIDS cases in Indonesia continues to rise ahead of World AIDS Day commemorated every Dec. 1. In last year’s Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) meeting, Indonesia joined other countries in a declaration to end the global epidemic by 2030. This includes zero infection, zero deaths and zero discrimination. 

In 2016, the number of people living with the human immunodeficiency virus in Indonesia reached more than 690,000 people, with the highest risk coming from unprotected sexual intercourse with multiple partners. Home to at least 40,000 sex workers, Indonesia’s sex trade greatly contributes to the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Poverty remains a key driver that forces individuals and even families into the sex trade. When I first conducted my study on sex workers at the Boker red-light district in Ciracas, ...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.