KPAI: Cases of Child Prostitution Raise Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

KomnasAnak.com, NATIONAL - Commisioner of the Indonesian Child Protection Commision (KPAI), Ai Maryati Solihah, said cases of child prostitusion are rife in several regions in Indonesia nowadays.

 

In Pontianak alone, she said, there were 79 children involved in prostitution cases, either as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. This data was obtained from the results of 14 raids carried out by the police since July 2020.

 

“In Jakarta, the Cempaka Putih Police Yustisi Operation revealed the allegation of 47 children in a prostitution network at the Green Pramuka Jakarta Apartment,” Ai said in a written statement, Thursday, February 4, 2021. Four children were detained in a prostitution case in the Sunter area.

 

In Mojokerto and Sidoarjo, East Java, 36 children are victims of prostitution in cases that currently
being handled by the police. “With the online reseller pattern in boarding houses which is now being handled by the East Java Regional Police,” said Ai.

 

The results of direct and indirect monitoring show that the Covid-19 pandemic has not dampened the rampant cases of buying and selling and exploiting children. The results of the KPAI monitoring data tabulation recorded 149 cases as of December 31, 2020.

 

KPAI encourages stakeholders to ensure that children receive the fulfillment of psycho-social rehabilitation services by meeting health protocols. Especially, physical and psychological reproductive health interventions.

 

Ai also asked the law enforcement agencies to reveal the child prostitution case to its roots. “With the Law on Child Protection, the Law of Human Trafficking, and other laws and regulations.”

(editor: Melina)

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