It left me wondering where the other 1,994 prostitutes had gone, and after much cajoling I was told in a whisper: A few Kalijodo venues had moved to a district near the old Dutch town and reopened under new names.
But is closing Alexis simply taking the out of sight, out of mind approach to tackling the issue?I dont want her to follow in her mums or grandmas footsteps, she said.Vicious Cycle, whilst we sit on our thrones of moral judgement, we can forget that the real victims of the sex trade are those working.But Ratu and Putri tell me the plan will not work.Congregating in a suave red cocktail bar adjoining restaurant, some of the girls were in simple leopard prints, some in pink I Dream of Jeannie outfits, others in cat-woman outfits.One in thirty people on this planet live in Indonesia, which by some measures, is the fourth most economically unequal country in the world.But she did say that Some of the sex-girl in Jakarta places, work for themselves.Many work in the industry out of desperation.
Parawana, a member of the moderate (and let me clarify that basically means a political Islamic movement that does not believe in total integration between religion and law though evidently morally conservative Islamic National Awakening Party, has become the face of the Governments attempted move.The leader of the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front, which organized large Islamist rallies last year against the previous Jakarta governor, also congratulated Anies, and promised to mobilize his followers again if the hotel management pushed back on its closure.Things will always be the same.The secretary-general of Indonesias largest Islamist political party, the Prosperous Justice Party, congratulated Anies on his action.But this may not be enough.We hope the red-light districts will be minimised and, over the long run, demolished.
The hotel has contested the decision, with its legal representative claiming the hotel did not violate regulations, contributed significant tax revenue, and employed hundreds of people who were their families sole breadwinner.
I think they are trying to capture what they think is a block of conservative Islamic voters.