Indonesian police crush Facebook 'brothel'

Indonesian police crush Facebook 'brothel'
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INDONESIA - Detectives grilled a suspect believed to be responsible for running a prostitution ring involving under-age girls through his Facebook account for hours Wednesday to determine whether he acted alone or was part of a wider criminal network.

"Please be patient, we are still exploring various possible angles of this case. Rest assured that our investigators will pursue every lead and all information thoroughly in this case," Denpasar Police detective chief Comr. Encep Syamsul Hayat said.

The suspect was identified as Kamal Laduny, alias Dony, 41, a native of Selong, East Lombok, whose lives in Anyar hamlet in Denpasar. He is allegedly the owner of the Facebook account Dony Dewata.

As of Wednesday evening, the account was still active. Its profile picture was a roll of US dollar banknotes enveloped by a condom.

There were more than 100 pictures of young girls, some in sensuous poses, and at least one post on the account's wall openly asking Dony about the rate for the girls.

"We have officially named him a suspect and he is currently detained in our facility," Encep said, adding that Laduny would likely be charged with Article 88 of Law No. 23/2002 on Child Protection.

The article carries a jail sentence of up to ten years and a fine of up to Rp 200 million (S$24,660).

Laduny was arrested on Monday by undercover detectives posing as prospective "customers" in Tunjung Bali II, a low budget hotel on Jl. Gunung Andakas, Denpasar.

The detectives also took two underage girls, identified as RR and YN, both 17 years old, into police custody in the operation.

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