Jakarta. The National Police are investigating links between alleged child prostitution in the Puncak area in Bogor district, West Java, and same-sex dating application Grindr.
"We have requested the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to follow up on the findings," National Police cyber-crime unit head Sr. Comr. Himawan Bayu Aji said on Thursday (08/09).
According to Himawan, Grindr has not only become a means to trade boys within the gay community, but it is also a source of pornographic content that needs to be blocked by the ministry.
The three suspects arrested in the child prostitution case in Puncak have used Grindr and Facebook for their criminal activities.
Grindr is a social networking app for gay men, designed to help them meet other men in their area.
Call to Block 18 Similar Apps
Brig. Gen. Agung Setya, special crimes director at the police's criminal investigation unit, claims that there are 18 other apps similar to Grindr.
"We had a meeting with the KPAI [Indonesian Child Protection Commission] and the apps will be studied in more depth by the Communications Ministry," Agung said.
Among the 148 victims, 27 are children between the ages of 13 and 17. Their sexual services were sold for up to Rp 1.2 million ($92), while they received between Rp 100,000 and Rp 150,000.
The three suspects are facing overlapping charges, as the police have intensified their investigation.