A State of Emergency needs to be declared in Bandung, because of prostitution.
The Bandung Sin Watch (Bandung Maksiat Watch (BMW)) association, which is an umbrella organisation for a number of Islamic groups including Majelis Mujahidin, Pemuda Muhammadiyah, and Tim Pengacara Muslim, and is led by Asep Syarifudin of the Front Pembela Islam (see Headscarf Ban), has called on the Bandung city government in West Java to declare a Prostitution Emergency over the rampant practice of prostitution there.
Recently the city authorities closed down the old red light district of Saritem however the BMW people are not yet satisfied that prostitution has been properly dealt with:
Saritem isn't the only problem area for prostitution in Bandung, there are still a lot of other places, bigger than Saritem.
Said Dede Sudrajat of the Laskar Ababil, a member of BMW.
Even though the Bandung city council has named 2008 as the year that the city will become "Bandung Agamis" bandung.go.id, Religious Bandung, they are still not trying hard enough to eradicate prostitution, say the Sin Watch people, and have even let Saritem resume operation again.
Dede went on to say that the BMW had conducted thorough research and found that there were nine centres of sex for sale in the town.
Just imagine, if one red light district is made up of 40 houses/brothels, then how much prostitution is going on throughout Bandung!
He was reluctant to name all of the districts but confided that Saritem was only the third biggest, with an unnamed place that he called "Komunitas Cina", i.e., Chinatown, being the largest. This area was much, much bigger than Saritem, he said, and most of the prostitutes, as the name suggests, were ethnic Chinese women, whether Indonesian or from overseas. okezone