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Jakarta Post

Raids on prostitution merely 'income source for officials'

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 26 2008   /  11:20 am

The 2004 ruling against prostitution in Bekasi may have noble intentions but only targets sex workers while allowing pimps and clients get away. An official in Bekasi responsible for combating the sex trade said the measure had still been effective in wiping out the "social disease" of prostitution. "There can't be smoke without fire. Our job is to extinguish that fire," head of administration affairs of public order officials (Satpol PP) at the Bekasi municipality office, Aom Djamhur, told The Jakarta Post. "We have always targeted prostitutes in our raids because in our opinion they are the origin of this social disease," he said. Sex workers caught in raids, mostly female, are brought to three social rehabilitation centers in East Jakarta, Sukabumi and Cirebon which are managed by the Social Affairs Ministry. The centers run classes in sewing and beauty styling for aro...