Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police have arrested a man who was allegedly about to send three minors and a 21-year-old to Bali to work as prostitutes in a spa or massage parlor.
The four, aged between 16 and 21, had already been employed as prostitutes at Gateway Apartment on Jl. Terusan Pasteur in Bandung, West Java, the police said.
They were detained as they were about to depart from the airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday.
The alleged child trafficker, identified as IR, was reportedly working with a spa owner on the island, identified as IPB, 43.
The 21-year-old had lured the younger victims through a therapist job vacancy posted on social media, promising the applicants a monthly wage of Rp 5 million to Rp 10 million, the police said.
“He posted the announcement on Facebook and Instagram,” Airport Police chief Sr. Comr. Vikto Togi Tambunan said on Saturday, as quoted by tempo.co.
The suspect is thought to have been working with a friend to create fake e-IDs to falsify the victims’ age.
Source: Jakarta Post
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