Friday, August 05, 2005

Export of children

Devi Asmarani, in The Straits Times, 8 June 2004, wrote about Indonesia's sex industry which has sold 70,000 children into prostitution overseas.

Indonesia is one of the world's largest exporters of sex workers.

The Unicef says as many as 70,000 Indonesian children have been sold across the country's borders as sex commodities. They are employed in countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.


The large cross-border syndicates recruit girls through deceptive means. The industry generates millions of rupiah a year.

With the authorities, such as some police and immigration officials, on their payroll, the syndicates target Indonesia as a place for recruitment.

Source:The Straits Times Rights:Copyright @ 2004 Singapore Press Holdings.


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