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Jakarta Post

University student charged with running prostitutes in Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 12, 2017   /   02:20 pm
University student charged with running prostitutes in Jakarta The former red light district of Kalijodo in North Jakarta before its demolition to make way for the conversion of the area into a public open space. (the jakarta post/Wienda Parwitasari)

A university student who allegedly made tens of millions of rupiah per month from online prostitution and trafficking children has been arrested, police said.

The 26-year-old student, identified only by the initials KA, 26, allegedly ran the business for a year, according to Tanjung Priok Port Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Roberthus Yohanes De Deo Tresna Eka Trimana on Tuesday. Police claimed the student had confessed to have "sold" an underage person into prostitution.

“According to information from KA, [the business] gave him profits of tens of millions every month,” said Roberthus as quoted by

He claimed that KA allegedly offered the sex services via his website.

Roberthus said that the police arrested KA on March 31 at a hotel in Sunter Agung, North Jakarta. The police confiscated KA’s cell phone and Rp 1.1 million (US$83), among other things, during the arrest.

The police said KA got Rp 300,000 per transaction, while the fee for each prostitution service was between of Rp 800,000 and Rp 1 million.

KA was charged under the 2014 Child Protection Law, which imposes a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison upon conviction, and under the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison or a fine of Rp 750 million upon conviction. (wnd)