Social Ministry Aims to Shut Down All Red Light Districts

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    TEMPO.CO, Ponorogo - Social Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa said that 39 out of 168 Red Light Districts in Indonesia have been shut down. The statement came on Monday June 8 when she was visiting the declaration of Sekuwung Red Light District in Ponorogo, East Java.

    She said that the ministry targets to shut down the other 129 Red Light Districts. "We plan to shut them down this year,’" she said.

    The target is as a result of national coordinating meeting by the Ministry a month ago. Each district is now proceeding with preparing training to prostitutes.

    To support the program, the ministry will give away productive economy capital of Rp3 million and living cost of Rp50,000 per day for three months, as well as transport fee for the prostitutes to go home. As for the pimp and local people, the ministry leaves it to the local government to deal with.

    NOFIKA DIAN NUGROHO