Jakarta seals off red light district to stamp out prostitution

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The Jakarta Administration government has started to crack down on prostitution and gambling activities in the infamous red-light Kalijodo of North Jakarta by prohibiting outsiders to enter the area on Tuesday, reported The Jakarta Globe.

City governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said dozens of police officers and soldiers have been deployed to seal off Kalijodo, in a move to put an end to prostitution and gambling business, adding that only residents are allowed to enter.

The city administration planned to turn Kalijodo into a public park following reports that the driver responsible for a fatal road crash early last week on Jalan Daan Mogot had allegedly been drinking alcohol in the area.

Basuki, however, refused to reveal an exact date for the eviction, but promised it will be held before the capital welcomes Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OKI) member states for an annual summit next March.

Kalijodo was is also famous for being under the control of local businessman Daeng Azis and leader for the Makassar-born residents of the area.