The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued on March 12 decree No. 18/2018 on tourist businesses, which simplifies the process of shutting down entertainment spots where illegal activities, such as drug distribution, gambling, human trafficking and prostitution, take place.
According to the decree, the city administration has the authority to shut down entertainment spots where violations of the law occurred based on field monitoring and mass media and public reports.
The revocation of business permits may be conducted directly without the issuance of warning letters, Article 54 of the decree states.
Meanwhile, the city administration has the authority to conduct a special investigation into any entertainment spots based on media reports.
The governor will also form a special team that will hold routine inspections on night clubs across the city. The inspections will be intensified during Ramadhan, Idul Fitri, Idul Adha and New Year celebrations.
Last year alone, the city administration permanently shut down three night clubs.
In October, Anies ordered the shutdown of the Alexis hotel and massage parlor in North Jakarta for allegedly facilitating prostitution.
In the following month, the administration closed the Diamond Discotheque in West Jakarta following allegations that drug distribution had occurred inside the venue.
The city administration also closed the MG International Club discotheque in Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, in December last year following a raid over alleged drug production and distribution in the premises. (cal)