The Bali Child Protection Institute is demanding police investigate the conduct of a 47-year-old Japanese man who has allegedly had sexual relations with underage girls, and is alleged to be managing a prostitution ring in Bali.
Secretary of the children’s rights group, Titik Suhariyati, said that the case became known to authorities when a high school student from the Jambrana district came forward with allegations that she and several other minors had been paid my the man to have sex with him and his associates.
The Straits Times reports that the man is though to have lured the girls’ with cash and mobile phones to his villa in Perancak village, Jembrana.
According to The Jakarta Globe, the Institute also identified one other school-aged girl who also claims to have been a victim of the man.
"We're still investigating this matter and collecting more evidence," said Suhariyati.
Chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection, Arist Merdeka Sirait, said that the man could be charged with human trafficking. The police could also begin an investigation before a report was filed. "The police can't let this case slide, especially since it appears to have caused quite a commotion in the local community," said Sirait.
Sirait added that he planned to visit Bali to ask police to begin an investigation into the claims, including the accusation that at least one of the girls many have contracted the HIV virus.
Bali continues to be the site of many sex-related criminal cases. In November 2012 and Indonesian woman running a prostitution ring was charged for multiple offences including human trafficking. She employed over 1,800 sex workers in her multi-city network.
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