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Jakarta Post

Inmates modify own genitals, posing health risks

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 13 2010   /  01:13 pm

"Galang" is not a doctor or even a surgeon. He is an inmate serving a one-year sentence at Bondowoso penitentiary in East Java. Yet he claims to have performed at least 13 "plastic surgeries" on his fellow inmates' penises. "You can say that eight out of 10 inmates here have had their penises modified," said Galang, 29, who has completed almost half of his sentence over a drug case. The penitentiary currently hosts 247 inmates. The surgeries are done either by inserting small ball-shaped implants known as leker, made out of toothbrush handles, into the genitals; or by having them injected with silicon or herbal oil made from urang-aring plant - usually used to darken or moisturize hair - to make them larger in size. Out of the 13 surgeries, Galang said that eight were testicular implants and the rest were penis enlargements. In each procedure, he could inse...