Indonesia: Males Who Refuse to Wear Condoms Face $500 Fine
October 4, 2005
The Jakarta Post reported that authorities in Merauke regency, province of Papua, will enforce a 2003 bylaw that could result in a fine of up to $500 for male customers in red-light districts, bars and hotels who refuse to use condoms. Joseph Rinta of the regency health office said authorities would encourage sex workers to file reports about such customers, and the health office will conduct a three-month program to educate prostitutes and their customers about the regulation. The first HIV/AIDS cases were confirmed in Merauke 11 years ago after Thai fishermen allegedly transmitted the virus to sex workers. Regency officials have recorded some 772 cases of HIV/AIDS in Merauke.
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