The Jakarta Post
A 14-year-old girl identified as R was reportedly kidnapped because her parents had fallen behind in repaying a motorcycle credit.
“R had just returned from school when the debt collectors approached and took her away with them,” Palmerah Police chief Comr. Aryono said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.
He added that R’s parents had come to the police office to report a kidnapping.
When visiting the debt collectors’ office in Kembangan, West Jakarta, police found R crying in a corner of the building.
However, police did not find the alleged perpetrators.
“We are still looking for the five alleged perpetrators. This incident is really disconcerting, as the victim is a minor,” said Aryono.
According to R’s mother, Nining, 42, R sent her a text message, saying she was petrified when the group took her away.
“I was just three days late from the due date out of 31 instalments,” she said.
“If it’s the motorcycle, they can just take it away, but it’s my child who they forcefully taken away. She’s a minor,” she said. (iwa)