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Jakarta Post

Prostitution helps community thrive

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, March 16 2013   /  11:24 am
Your ID Ma’am: A member of the city’s public order agency checks ID cards of women in the Dolly red-light district in Surabaya, East Java, in this picture taken in January this year. The city administration is attempting to eradicate prostitution with a budget of Rp 6.5 billion (US$669,500) for 2013, among others to provide alternative skills for thousands of sex workers in Dolly and other red-light districts across Surabaya. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)(US$669,500) for 2013, among others to provide alternative skills for thousands of sex workers in Dolly and other red-light districts across Surabaya. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)

Your ID Ma’am: A member of the city’s public order agency checks ID cards of women in the Dolly red-light district in Surabaya, East Java, in this picture taken in January this year. The city administration is attempting to eradicate prostitution with a budget of Rp 6.5 billion (US$669,500) for 2013, among others to provide alternative skills for thousands of sex workers in Dolly and other red-light districts across Surabaya. (Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)Prostitution has existed since the beginning of civilization and in some parts of the world, like in Dolly, Surabaya, it has become part of the community and its culture.

Selling sex is illegal in Indonesia. History, however, tells us that it is not unusual for prostitution to become legal, or at the very least tolerated by officials, to support regional economies.

For example, former Jakarta governor Ali Sadikin once lega...