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Jakarta Post

Hypnotic crimes haunt Jakarta

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 4 2010   /  10:39 am

A new wave of criminals in the capital are taking a soft approach, not only using threats of violence, but also playing mind games.

They smile, speak to residents in broad daylight or offering to help, but in the end rob people blind.

Yes, we’re talking about the hypnotic criminals that have started to hit headlines in the capital, as a hectic city such as Jakarta is proving ripe pickings for the trade.

Hypnotherapist Mardigu Wo-wiek Prasantyo said this technique has become a favorite for criminals, as it was less risky.

“They don’t need to use guns or threaten their victims,” Mardigu said.

“It even makes it difficult for police to charge the perpetrators as the crimes are basically carried out without coercion,” he said.

Mardigu said the reason why the use of hypnosis in crimes was on the rise was because the technique was easy to le...