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Jakarta Post

Sex workers pushed to roam Bali's villages

  • Andra Wisnu

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Sun, October 26 2008   /  12:01 pm

Commercial sex workers have been found roaming some of Bali's more remote villages, increasing the possibility of a wider spread of HIV, a report from the Bali Regional AIDS Commission (KPA) revealed Friday. Yahya Hanshori, program coordinator at the Bali Regional AIDS Commission who works with the island's HIV-infected former sex workers, said sex workers began working in Bali's villages after public order officers tightened their grip on the island's cities. Yahya, who delivered the report at the KPA office in Denpasar, said the condition had forced sex workers to develop new ways to receive income, including by stationing themselves in areas that were not as fiercely monitored. "But sadly, this only increases the possibility of a wider spread of HIV because villagers are even less aware of sexually transmitted diseases than city people,"he said. ...