As social media gets increasingly popular worldwide, sexual predators have started to use Facebook to kidnap and traffic Indonesian girls. Authorities issued various warnings after an abducted girl from Depok shared her story with reporters at the Associated Press.
Police departments in Indonesia receive complaints about missing teenagers every day. Investigations have shown that Facebook has become the most used method of luring young females and forcing them to have sexual intercourse with men. The most recent testimony comes from a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and sold to a brothel in Batam more than a month ago.
The victim stated that she received a Facebook friend request from a man she didn’t know and she accepted it out of curiosity. The 24-year-old man, who called himself Yogi, flattered the young girl and eventually, convinced her to exchange phone numbers. The two met at a nearby mall and got along very well, so they agreed to see each other again.
The junior high student told her mom she was going to visit a sick girlfriend, but instead she went to meet Yogi. The man took her in his minivan and drove her an hour to the town of Bogor, West Java, where she was kept in a small room with five other girls aged 14 to 17. As in most kidnapping cases, the victim was drugged and raped repeatedly.
A week later, the captor informed her that she was going to be sold and shipped to a brothel in Batam, a faraway island that is famous for the child sex tourism it caters to men coming by boat from Singapore. The girl sobbed hysterically and begged her captors to let her go home, but instead she was beaten and threatened to be killed if she didn’t shut up. The victim managed to escape and was later on, found near a bus terminal in Depok.
27 out of 129 children who have been reported missing are believed to have been abducted. According to Indonesian investigators, the majority of the victims meet their captors on Facebook, so authorities warn parents of the dangers of unsupervised Internet access.