South Jakarta Police Bust Another Online Prostitution Ring at Kalibata City

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

MAY 20, 2016

Jakarta. Police have uncovered another online prostitution ring operating at the Kalibata City apartment complex in South Jakarta on Thursday (19/05).

The 25-year-old pimp, identified only by the initial N., was arrested with five sex workers, including one underage girl, inside her apartment, which also served as a brothel.

The South Jakarta Police have confiscated an undisclosed amount in cash, a guestbook, two packs of condoms, birth control tablets and underwear during the raid.

According to police, the pimp was charging customers between Rp 350,000 and Rp 500,000 ($29-$36) for a 45-minute session, inclusive of the room and condoms, as reported by Kompas.com.

She collected at least Rp 200,000 per booking for her pimping services, while also providing the sex workers with accommodation.

The prostitution ring, which has allegedly been operating for the past two-and-a-half years, used social media and an exclusive website to attract clients, who were reportedly subjected to a strict selection process.

"Clients could not order [the girls] just like that, they had to go through a certain process, and hang out in a certain crowd. And only then would they be sent the names [of the girls]," South Jakarta Police chief Tubagus Ade told Kompas.com.

The doraemon-tattooed pimp could face multiple charges, including 10 years in prison for child trafficking, as well as another 10 years for enabling prostitution.

Police uncovered the prostitution ring after receiving information from residents in the area, who regularly saw girls and clients entering and leaving the apartment.

Last year, police also busted an underage prostitution ring operating at Kalibata City, involving five sex workers, one of them as young as 14.

The girls were also under the control of a 25-year-old pimp who advertised their services on Blackberry Messenger.

This case adds to the already large number of sex crimes, especially involving children, that are reported in the country.

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