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Jakarta Post

Are contract marriages dying in Puncak?

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 17 2011   /  08:00 am

Little Arabia: Stores on Jl. Raya Puncak, one of the main roads in the resort city of Puncak, put up signs in Arabic to attract tourists from the Middle East, who flock to the area all year round. According to locals, many tourists have engaged in contract marriages with locals, who have enjoyed windfall profits from the arrangements. The laughter of two attractive young women in party dresses could be heard across the hotel parking lot in the Puncak resort area in Bogor, West Java.

The pair joined another woman waiting in a Suzuki minivan and disappeared into the night.

“They are prostitutes like me. They are heading to villas where tourists from the Middle East stay,” a woman who asked to be identified as N., 24, told The Jakarta Post. “The woman in the front seat was their pimp.”

Similar vehicles go from villa to villa in Puncak throughout the night, trans...