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Indonesia raids huge red-light district before Ramadan

Published on Jun 27, 2014 10:42 PM
 
Indonesian police, civil security and army personnel conduct an operation in the red-light district, popularly known as 'Dolly', in preparation for the forthcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan and to enforce a government closure order there in Surabaya on June 27, 2014. Hundreds of police and soldiers raided a huge red-light district in Indonesia's second-biggest city on Friday to close down brothels before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. -- PHOTO: AFP

SURABAYA (AFP) - Hundreds of police and soldiers raided a huge red-light district in Indonesia's second-biggest city on Friday to close down brothels before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Scuffles briefly broke out between security forces and people protesting the raid in the area known as "Dolly" in Surabaya, on Indonesia's main Java island, where women advertise their services by sitting in brightly-lit shop windows.

"The raid was conducted to make sure that entertainment centres, including brothels, are closed during the whole month of Ramadan," said Mr Irvan Widyanto, a Surabaya official responsible for maintaining public order.

Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, begins on Sunday in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. The faithful are supposed to abstain from eating, drinking and sex from dawn until dusk during Ramadan.

 
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