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June 17, 2010 
Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Sex Slave Rescued from Shocking Abuse
A young and badly abused Indonesian sex slave forced to have intercourse with 
hundreds of men over the past two months has been rescued by Malaysian 

The Star online reported that the Immigration Department in Penang rescued the 
unidentified woman, in her 20s, from a locked room in a house in George Town on 
Tuesday night. She did not have any valid travel documents in her possession.

Her alleged captors, from Bangladesh, were also taken into custody.

"The Bangladeshis, who were also without any documents, were in the house then 
and were arrested," the news portal quoted Immigration Department official 
Abdul Rahman Hassan as saying. "They have been remanded pending investigations 
and the woman has been sent to the Penang Hospital for a check up."

The department reportedly received a tip-off two weeks ago that the 
Bangladeshis, both in their 30s, "offered" the woman to their friends for a 
price. She was forced to have sex with a number of men daily or else she would 
be beaten.

The report did not say why it took so long for Malaysian authorities to act.

The Indonesian Consulate in Penang was not available for comment.


June 17, 2010

Ismira Lutfia & Dessy Sagita


Tifatul Sembiring has caused outrage with his claims that the money ear-marked 
for use in AIDS/HIV awareness would be better off elsewhere. (JG Photo)

Tifatul Causes Uproar With Comments Linking Pornography and HIV Rates
Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring has 
launched another tirade against pornography, this time linking it to the 
country's rising HIV/AIDS rate in comments that were immediately attacked by 
activists who work in the field. 

Tifatul said on Thursday that increased access to pornography had fueled a 
surge in promiscuity, which he claimed was responsible for a rise in HIV/AIDS 
infections in the country. 

The minister, who has courted controversy in the past with statements such as 
the ones he made last November linking immorality and natural disasters, said 
the money used on HIV/AIDS programs could be better spent elsewhere. 

"Every year the state spends Rp 180 billion [$19.6 million] to deal with the 
problems caused by [sex outside of wedlock], such as the spread of HIV/AIDS," 
Tifatul said. "The budget could actually be reduced and the money allocated for 
other things that are beneficial to the country." 

However, Adithya "Edo" Wardana, the program director for the Stigma Foundation, 
an NGO focusing on HIV/AIDS harm reduction, said government funding was already 

"It's ridiculous to even think about reducing the budget and allocating it to 
other programs of dubious merit," he said. 

Edo said an assessment of HIV/AIDS-related programs this year had concluded 
existing funding would cover just 60 percent of needed programs, while the rest 
would have to be covered by foreign donors. 

He conceded watching pornography could lead to casual sex, but said the main 
cause of the spread of HIV infections was unsafe sex. 

"I'm not saying casual sex is OK in Indonesia, where traditional Eastern values 
still prevail," he said. "But to directly link pornography to HIV is just 

Omar Syarif, an HIV/AIDS activist from the Indonesian Network of People Living 
With HIV (Jothi), said the minister's statement was in stark conflict to a 
decree issued by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali earlier this year. 

He said Yudhoyono had then instructed all regional administrations to increase 
their efforts to tackle the rising HIV/AIDS transmission rate. 

"For the minister to call for the national HIV/AIDS budget to be reduced is 
both baseless and unwise," Omar said. 

Kemal Siregar, deputy for program development at the National AIDS Commission, 
also said there was no reason to slash the HIV/AIDS budget, saying it had been 
drawn up after long and careful consideration. 

"We considered every single aspect to achieve the targets set by the UN in its 
Millennium Development Goals," he said.

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