The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police have arrested a man on suspicion of running a prostitution ring involving teenage girls out of a coffee shop in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta.
The suspect, who has been identified as Torik Sulistyo, 50, has allegedly been running a prostitution business exploiting teenage girls for two years under the disguise of a coffee shop, Jakarta Police chief Cmr. Sri Bhayangkari said on Friday.
Torik is said to have charge clients between Rp 300,000 ($23) and Rp 400,000 and took more than half for himself, Sri said.
Jagakarsa Police learned of the prostitution ring from locals who had grown suspicious of activities at Torik’s coffee shop, with residents often seeing young girls meet with adult men there.
"He used the coffee shop as a cover," Sri said as quoted by kompas.com.
Police officers raided the coffee shop in Cimpedak, Jagakarsa subdistrict, on Thursday, arresting Torik as he was allegedly waiting for customers for two 15-year-old girls.
Torik also allegedly provided a room in his shop for customers and permitted them to take the girls outside the premises.
According to the police, Torik admitted to sexually exploiting 15 girls aged 15 to 16 years old.
Besides exploiting the girls, Torik is also alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with nine girls, Sri said.
Police confiscated in the raid a memory card containing photos, condoms and Rp 700,000.
Torik has been charged under the 2014 Child Protection Law, which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a Rp 200 million fine. (rin)
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