Three men suspected of operating an online prostitution ring were arrested by Bekasi Police over the weekend at an apartment in Bekasi, West Java, allegedly used as the base of the illicit business.
Investigators apprehended Mustakim, Saputra and Jenio along with 20 sex workers and one witness at the Center Point apartment building in South Bekasi district on Saturday. The three suspects allegedly offered sex services via social media platforms Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook, head of the Bekasi Police criminal unit Adj. Sr. Comr. Jairus Saragih said.
“Once a client expressed interest, they would meet in the [apartment’s] pool or lobby. After making a deal, the suspects would give the access card to the clients to go upstairs where the girls were waiting in the rooms,” he said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.
The suspects allegedly charged Rp 500,000 (US$32.82) to Rp 800,000 for the service.
The person managing the social media allegedly received Rp 100,000 per deal, while Rp 300,000 went to the man who arranged the room, Jairus said adding that the remaining money would be given to the sex worker.
The three men reportedly told the police that they had been running the online prostitution ring for the past seven months. Investigators are still on the look out for another suspect named Mami, Jairus added.
From the raid, the police confiscated Rp 4.5 million in cash, three mobile phones and four wallets. The alleged sex workers and the witness were all released.
The police have charged the three suspects under articles 296 and 505 of the Criminal Code, which carry a maximum penalty of four years imprisonment.