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Teen nabbed for allegedly running child prostitution service online

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 10, 2019   /   06:08 pm
Teen nabbed for allegedly running child prostitution service online Dirty profit -- A police officer presents cash and several pieces of evidence confiscated in a raid against an online prostitution ring recently. (Tempo/File)

Police have arrested a teenager in North Jakarta for allegedly running an online prostitution business exploiting children.

The 17-year-old suspect, identified only as EGR, was arrested in a hotel in North Jakarta at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

“We conducted the arrest after a cyber-patrol team received information that the perpetrator offered prostitution services through a Facebook account under the name “Tasya Ayusari”, Tanjung Priok Port Police criminal investigation unit chief Adj. Comr. Moh Faruk Rozi said on Sunday, as reported by kompas.com.

An investigator posed as a client of EGR, who allegedly offered a 15-year-old prostitute for Rp 4 million (US$280). After reaching a deal, EGR allegedly brought the victim to the hotel. Police arrested EGR on the spot after the alleged transaction.

“The suspect [would pocket] Rp 500,000 per girl for one booking,” Faruk said, adding that the teenager could be charged under the 2007 Law on human trafficking and the 2008 Law on electronic information and transactions (ITE) and sentenced to prison for up to 15 years if found guilty.