Monday, Apr 20, 2015Monday, Apr 20, 2015

Indonesian city orders red-light 'Dolly' district shuttered

Published on Jun 19, 2014 12:08 AM

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AFP) - Officials in Indonesia's Surabaya city said Wednesday one of Southeast Asia's biggest red-light districts would close for business in July, despite protests by hundreds of sex workers who say the shutdown will leave them destitute.

Workers against the move earlier blockaded roads to "Dolly", a seedy district of narrow lanes where women are famously touted in shop windows of old crumbling buildings in Indonesia's second-biggest city.

Protesters covered their faces with black cloths emblazoned with slogans rejecting Dolly's closure and banged pots and pans together.

"Fry Risma! Fry Risma!" they shouted, using the nickname for Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini, who spearheaded the closure and put it high on her administration's agenda.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!