JAKARTA: Controlling prostitution activities by allowingÂ it – this is the proposal which was made by the Jakarta Special Capital Region Â provincial government.
Prostitution activities maybe permitted in several areas here in an effortÂ to control illegal prostitutions in rented rooms and apartments.
The idea to legalise prostitution and create registered sex industryÂ workers was raised by Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or better knownÂ as Ahok, due to numerous untoward incidents taking place including criminal
In addition, allowing prostitutions in specific places was said to enable aÂ check on activities to offer sex by underaged girls.
Local newspapers quoted Jakarta Special Capital Region ProvincialÂ Government’s secretary Saefullah as saying the proposal was being studied toÂ legalise the use of parts of apartment buildings as areas for prostitution.
He said, the idea to legalise prostitution was only a plan to solicit theÂ reactions of numerous quarters and the governor would take into account theÂ views of all before implementing it.
Prostitution in Jakarta is said to be illegally conducted in rented roomsÂ and also luxury apartments, and clients could get information on it online andÂ in social media.
Recently, a 26-year-old woman, who was believed to be offering sex serviceÂ via an internet social site, was found dead in her rented room and was believedÂ to have been killed by her customer.
The authorities had also unearthed prostitution activities involvingÂ underaged girls via websites after raiding a luxury apartment and rescuing 10Â teenagers, including one who was pregnant, being made prostitutes for the upperÂ class.
However, Indonesia Ulama Council’s general head’s representative Ma’ruf AminÂ criticised Ahok’s idea and was quoted by the press as saying the proposal toÂ legalise prostitution was a wrong move and deviated from Islamic teaching.
“Vice must be minimised, not legalised,” he said while urging allÂ missionaries to mobilise awareness activities on the adverse effect ofÂ prostitution.–BERNAMA