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Jakarta Post

Quick money lures young girls into prostitution

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 23 2010   /  10:24 am

The girl is only 17 years old, but the amount of money she earns in a month is much more than most of her peers. Cindy (not her real name) said she could make Rp 30 million (US$3,300) a month.

But Cindy is not a singer who had a breakthrough in a television talent show. She is a high-end prostitute who has only been in the business for a year.

“I initially got into the business because I needed to repay my father’s money he had given me. I used the money for drugs instead of paying his car installments,” Cindy told The Jakarta Post in her rented room in a crowded neighborhood in West Jakarta.

“I was confused and I thought that by becoming a prostitute I could get money quickly,” Cindy said.

Cindy’s first client was a general manager at a large company in her hometown of Lampung, she said.

But what she thought would be a one-time act to pay ...