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Indonesia turns blind eye to same-sex exploitation

Incriminating evidence: Detectives of the North Sumatra Police show evidence during a press conference on June 3, 2020 related to their discovery of alleged same-sex human trafficking disguised under a man-only massage parlor in Medan. (Tribunnews/.)
Andrean Sangabie Sancaya
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Jakarta   ●   Sat, April 17 2021

Same-sex sexual exploitation and abuse is not an unusual discussion topic in Indonesia, with local media often becoming fired up about allegations of same-sex sexual exploitation and abuse involving celebrities.

In 2016, at least two male A-listers were reported to the police for sexual abuse in forcing their male employees to engage in same-sex sexual activities. According to the police report, the abuse involved not only coercion, but also power imbalance between the perpetrators and their victims. The celebrities allegedly coerced and lured their victims through job promises (or threats of dismissal) in return for sexual favors.

Years later in June 2020, the national media reported a trafficking case in Medan that involved 11 masseurs, whose employer allegedly forced them to provide same-sex sexual services to customers for more than two years. Unlike the discon...

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