TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The province of East Java continues with its wave of shutting down red districts, an act that has been carried out since 2012. After Surabaya closed down the infamous Dolly brothel—along with the city's other red districts, the regional government of Malang has now announced that they will shut down seven red districts for good.
According to plan, closures will be done simultaneously on Monday next week, coinciding with Malang city's anniversary. "The brothels will be converted into social welfare and productive activities centers," said Taufik Hidayat, Malang city's head of public welfare administration secretariat, yesterday.
The local government will provide craft and skill certificates to former sex workers as well as assisting them with work equipment. They will also be given special cards to get free medical check-ups.
The seven red districts are Girun, Pulau Bidadari, Suko, Slorok, Kebobang, Kalikudu, and Embong Miring. In total, the seven red districts housed 327 sex workers and 86 pimps.
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