Two female pimps are beaten 100 times each for selling sex worker services online in the Sharia region of Aceh, Indonesia
- Aceh, on the tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Indonesia to impose Sharia law
- It allows flogging for a range of offenses, including prostitution and adultery
- Tens came together on Monday to watch two women being hit 100 times
Two Indonesian women have each been publicly beaten nearly 100 times for selling sex workers online, an official in the country’s conservative Aceh province said on Tuesday.
Atjeh, on the tip of Sumatra, is the only Muslim-majority region in Indonesia to impose Islamic Sharia law, which allows flogging for a range of crimes, including prostitution, gambling, adultery, alcohol use, and gay sex.
The sentence was handed down Monday in the city of Langsa, where dozens of people gathered to watch the pair beaten, despite a ban on crowds over the fears of the corona virus.
None of the women wore disposable masks, unlike some other recent lashes.
The sentence was handed down Monday in the city of Langsa, where dozens of people gathered to watch the pair beaten (pictured) despite bans on crowds due to coronavirus fears
The two suspects who wore a hijab were arrested in March, along with five sex workers, who could also be beaten if found guilty of violating Islamic law, said Aji Asmanuddin, head of Langsa’s Islamic sharia agency.
“They were punished for violating Sharia by internet (sex) advertising,” Asmanuddin said.
Officials struggled to work hard on the area’s thriving online sex trafficking, he added.
“This is the first (pimp) case in Langsa, although we think there are many of them,” Asmanuddin said.
“We just don’t have the tools to monitor them online.”
Rights organizations have accused public caning as cruel, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged it to end.
But the practice has broad support among the predominantly Muslim population of Aceh.