Women Flogged For Online Pimping In Indonesia

By 01:55 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 Comments

Two Indonesian women have been publicly whipped nearly 100 times each for selling s.e.x workers’ services online, an official in the country’s conservative Aceh province said Tuesday.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Aceh, at the tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic sharia law, which allows flogging for a range of offences including prostitution, gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and gay s.e.x.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The punishment was handed down Monday in Langsa city where dozens gathered to watch the pair get lashed, despite bans on crowds over coronavirus fears.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Neither of the women wore disposable face masks, unlike in some other recent whippings.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The two hijab-wearing suspects were arrested in March along with five sex workers, who could also face a flogging if found guilty of violating Islamic law, said Aji Asmanuddin, head of Langsa’s Islamic sharia agency.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“They were punished for violating sharia by advertising (sex) through the internet,” Asmanuddin said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Officials were struggling to crack down on the area’s booming online s.e.x trade, he added.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“This is the first (pimping) case in Langsa although we believe there are many of them out there,” Asmanuddin said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

“We just don’t have the necessary tools to monitor them online.”

Rights groups have slammed public caning as cruel, and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has called for it to end.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

But the practice has wide support among Aceh’s mostly Muslim population.

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