Jakarta. The deputy speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly, Hidayat Nur Wahid, has thanked the police for rounding up a child prostitution ring in Puncak, a resort area near Bogor, West Java.
"Our laws on child protection are still weak. Our Social Affairs Minister and Women’s Empowerment Minister have warned that Indonesia is in a state of emergency when it comes to child abuse, and this is the proof," Hidayat said in Jakarta on Thursday (01/09).
Hidayat said a judicial review on the Child Protection Law is currently being carried out at the Constitutional Court.
According to the lawmaker, the court should pay attention to current cases of child sex crimes and take them under consideration to impose heavier sanctions on child sex offenders.
"Currently there is no law against male-on-male child sex crime. This is one of the reasons for the judicial review," the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician said.
Hidayat also called on the National Police to fight child prostitution mafia.
"These children are sold for sex for Rp 100,000 ($7) or Rp 200,000. We really need stronger child protection law. This is why the government wants to have chemical castration. The law should deal with internet sex crimes as well," Hidayat said.