Thursday, March 18, 2010

Police Actions in Surabaya

Yesterday I read two articles in The Jakarta Globe about Police actions in the city of Surabaya, East Java.

The first one was about the Police raiding a shop that sells Sex Pills and Toys without any license from the Department of Health. A Police officer predicted that the customers of Pills are probably young men who consumed them so that they can satisfy women who pay for their services. While customers of the Toys are women who are not satisfied with their husbands, or widows or divorcee.

The second one was about a Police finding an American man during a regular patrol at a whore house. When questioned, the man said that he is member of the United States Marine Corps on a mission to prepare the visit of US President Obama to Jakarta and Bali. The man was only able to show his passport but no Marine ID. The Police released the man after he said that he prefer to be shot rather than be arrested.

I wish that the Police have handled the American man as firmed as when they handled the sex shop, in the sense that if they really have reason to suspect the American of doing something wrong, they should have taken him to the Police station for investigation, and later on clarify with the U.S Consulate in Surabaya.


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colson said...

A notorious well established notorious as well as renowned red quarter in Surabay and then suddenly and randomly rounding up working girls and clients?

A sex industry in each and every big city and yet randomly demanding a Department of Health's license (sic) for selling condoms, vibrators, dildos or cock rings?

Don't take me ill, but don't I smell a funny fragrance of hypocrisy?

H. Nizam said...

Red light districts are known as 'dark=bad' places where there are child trafficking, illegal abortion, illegal drugs, illegal gambling,etc. Therefore the police conduct regular patrol there.

The same thing goes with sex pill and toy shop, the police make sure that the shop obey the laws.

The point I am trying to make is that the handling of both case are done differently. In the case of the sex shop, the handling was firm. While in the case of the American man, the handling was too soft.

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Anonymous said...

Are whore houses illegal there? Is it illegal for Americans to visit them?

If they are illegal, why do cops make routine patrols of them without shutting them down?

H. Nizam said...

@Munir Ardi,
Terima kasih atas kunjungannya.

Whore house is legal but considering that many 'bad' things like: child prostitution, girls trafficking, illegal drugs, etc. therefore the police frequently patrolled the area.
There's no limitation for foreigners to go there. Only that the police suspected the American man, that's why they want to arrest him, and the man resisted.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Consistency of your police actions is what you undoubtably prefer. If you require a licence to sell sex pills, so be it. Are brothels illegal in Indonesia? Prostitution is not illegal in NZ, but is licenced by the state. In the old days it was the police who illegally controlled prostitution and took kickbacks. Now they have no imput unless there are imigration problems.

H. Nizam said...

The Police are doing their duties in both case, the point I wanted to make was that double standard has seemingly been adopted for each of them.
Nevertheless, I am sure that there must be a very good & strong reason