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Jakarta Post

Many women still fall victim to sex trafficking

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 22 2009   /  08:24 am

Lita (not her real name), 26, never imagined she would be forced to remove her clothes in a locked hotel room to serve a high-paying customer shortly after her arrival in Kuching, Malaysia.“I dropped to my knees to persuade him to let me go, but to no avail,” she said during a conference on trafficking on Monday.She added that her customer eventually let her go after she gave him a sexual service.Lita dealt with customers daily and continued to beg them to help her escape.Three months later, a customer lent her his cell phone, on which she contacted her older brother, who later reported the case to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).IOM later coordinated with the police to raid the brothel.Lita is a single parent of a 4-year-old child. Her husband left her for another woman when she was seven months’ pregnant in 2005.After giving birth, she met with an agency offici...