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Police bust online prostitution ring in S. Jakarta 

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 28, 2017   /   12:33 pm
Police bust online prostitution ring in S. Jakarta  On alert -- A police officer shows several pieces of evidence they confiscated in a raid against an online prostitution ring recently. (Tempo/File)

The South Jakarta Police have arrested a woman, identified only by the initials RW, for allegedly using social media to peddle the services of sex workers, some of them underage. 

The South Jakarta police general crimes division head, Reza Mahendra, said that RW had used her Facebook account to offer dozens of women, who were recruited through mobile communication, to her customers. 

"The suspect uploaded photos of the victim on to her Facebook account with the username 'Lorenza Afecto' where she also gave her mobile phone number," Reza said as quoted by Kompas.com on Monday. 

Reportedly, RW charged customers Rp 1,500,000, of which Rp 750,000 would go into her pocket for her services as the pimp. 

After the deal was made, RW would reportedly bring her victims to the hotels reserved by her customers. 

The police finally arrested RW after one police officer posed as a customer and set up an appointment in one hotel in South Jakarta. 

RW was arrested at 10.30 p.m.

The police then secured two victims, identified only as SV, 21, and SL, 17, who came along with RW. 

Reza said that the police had requested that the Communications and Information Ministry close the Facebook account. 

The police are now investigating whether RW was a part of bigger prostitution ring. 

Reza added that RW would be charged under Article 2 and Article 6 of the Trafficking Law. (Cal/dmr)