Council wants illegal maid agency shut down: Indonesia

Council wants illegal maid agency shut down: Indonesia

INDONESIA - The South Tangerang Legislative Council (DPRD) has demanded that the municipal administration shut down unregistered businesses that provide domestic helpers, in the wake of a confinement case the police exposed in Pondok Aren district.

Councilor Sugeng Santoso said on Monday they had filed a report to the South Tangerang Manpower Agency about such businesses, which trained underage girls to become domestic helpers.

"We visited the house where the young women were held way before the police raid," he said.

The agency's head, Malikin, said it had followed up the council's report by collecting data on such businesses. "Only 20 firms are registered with us, the rest, including PT Citra Kartini Mandiri, are illegal," he said.

Based on a tip-off, the Tangerang Police raided a house in Bintaro, South Tangerang, used by PT Citra to confine 88 women in one room, 34 of them being minors.

Detective chief Comr. Siswo Yuwono said the police had named the company's owner Wahyu Eddi Wibowo a suspect in the alleged violation of children's rights. The Child Protection Law carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.

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