Tebet budget hotel shut over underage prostitution

Officials posing in front of the shuttered RedDoorz budget hotel in Tebet, South Jakarta. Photo: Satpol PP
Officials posing in front of the shuttered RedDoorz budget hotel in Tebet, South Jakarta. Photo: Satpol PP

Authorities have shuttered a RedDoorz budget hotel in Tebet, South Jakarta following a recent underage prostitution bust.

Police raided the hotel on April 21, finding pimps and 15 sex workers, the majority of whom were underage. The girls were promoted online via dating apps.

This morning, the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) sealed the entrance to the hotel, which has been banned from operating.

“Right now, the process of terminating [of the hotel’s] permit is ongoing. Meanwhile, we are closing it as we wait,” Satpol PP official Eko Sapono said today.

The pimps have been charged with multiple violations, including child sexual exploitation, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and sex trafficking, which is also punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Budget hotels are often the target of prostitution raids in Indonesia. Last month, police raided a budget hotel belonging to adult model Cynthiara Alona, where at least 15 girls aged 14-16 were employed as sex workers. The girls were then taken to a shelter operated by the Integrated Center for Women and Children Empowerment office (P2TP2A).

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