TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama said that it would be difficult to get rid of prostitution in Jakarta. Despite the closing down of Kalijodo localization, prostitution would still relocate to other areas.
“I have no problem with prostitution, no one can get rid of prostitution. You think prostitutes in Dolly Surabaya are gone? Many of them are [still operating] in the cemetary,” Ahok said to reporters at Jakarta City Hall, Monday, February 15, 2016.
Ahok said that some of the prostitutes from Dolly localization even came to Tangerang. According to Ahok, Tangerang Regent would deal with prostitution in Dadap next May.
“If we get rid of them where would they go? Everywhere. Would I build a designated apartment for prostitutes? I would get attacked by everyone,” he said.
According to the governor, Jakarta has many locations to be used for prostitution. “Do you think that there is none in luxury hotels? None in Mangga Besar Jayakarta in Ancol, karaoke and massage [places]? It’s hypocritical,” he said.
In fact, Ahok wants to re-establish localized prostitution. He makes an analogy that localization is like a toilet. “Dumping your feces everywhere would be dirty, but it wouldn’t be if it is dumped in a toilet where you can sit longer,” Ahok said.
For Ahok, the most important thing is for prostitution not to spread disease. “Mothers are infected by HIV,” he said. “We are currently conducting HIV tests; because if you are already infected by HIV, you’ll die,” he said.