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Bali faces higher HIV/AIDS prevalence

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 1 2010   /  01:37 pm

I Nengah Mantra, a masseur in Denpasar says it is easy to conduct sexual transactions nowadays. "I just need to make a call on my mobile phone and pay Rp 150,000, then the prostitute will book the hotel," he said, laughing. Mantra said most sexual workers no longer offered their services in prostitution areas, but simply received orders by phone. He said such methods were easier and prevented him from being caught by public order officers. He doesn't need to pay the pimp either. Unfortunately, the single man seems unaware his habit could make him vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. I Made Sendra, an official of a customary village in Pemogan, South Denpasar, said he faced a dilemma. The village has issued permits for businesspeople to operate caf*s in the area, but never expected that the caf*s would be used to conduct sexual tran...