baruConzzzz | Tuesday, 10/10/2000 00:00 WIB
Sr. Cmr. Umar Surya Fana, an officer at the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim), said that police investigators arrested two pimps and two female celebrities, with the initials NM and PR, at a five-star hotel in Central Jakarta on Thursday evening.
Umar said that clients had been paying between Rp 50 million and 120 million for three-hour sessions with the two celebrities.
Umar added that that the two pimps were connected with Robby Abbas, who was arrested in May as part of an operation targeting high-class prostitution. He was later sentenced to one year and four months imprisonment.
Umar said that the police had discovered the locations of the two pimps three days ago and began an operation to capture them. Police investigators went undercover and contacted one of the pimps, claiming to be seeking a date for a business colleague. The police were then sent a catalogue of celebrity photos via mobile phone and given a list of requirements before booking a certain celebrity. They were told to book a room in an upmarket hotel and transfer Rp 10 million before meeting the sex worker, with the remainder of money to be picked up by the pimp on the night of the service.
"We will charge them with human trafficking," he said adding that NM and PR would be considered victims in the case.
Umar said that NM and PR were arrested after they had taken off their clothes to fulfill the legal requirements of charging a person under prostitution laws. (rin)(+)