Indonesian girl locked up for days by new Facebook friend

Amelia Deva Puspita was allegedly locked up for nearly two days by an unemployed man she recently met on Facebook.
Amelia Deva Puspita was allegedly locked up for nearly two days by an unemployed man she recently met on Facebook.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) - Amelia Deva Puspita, 17, from Central Jakarta, was allegedly locked up for nearly two days by an unemployed man she recently met on Facebook, the police have said.

Amelia's mother, Suharmi, 51, said her daughter asked her permission to go out on Tuesday (May 24) afternoon but did not return home that evening.

Family members attempted to locate Amelia but she was not contactable by phone.

Ms Suharmi then directly filed a report to the Jakarta Police after being informed by Lia, 17, that she received a message from Amelia on Thursday saying that Hendra Kurniawan, 22, had locked her up, tribunnews.com reported.

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"In the message, Amelia was asking for help because a man she had just met locked her up," Palmerah Police chief Armunanto Hutahean said.

The police quickly followed up on the report and discovered that Amelia was locked up in a rented house in the Kemanggisan area in West Jakarta, where Hendra was arrested, he said.

"Hendra and Amelia only knew each other via Facebook. They made an appointment to meet up and Hendra picked her up at her house," Mr Armunanto said, adding that Hendra then locked her up at his rented house because Amelia refused to give him money.