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TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Communications and Information Technology Ministry will evaluate internet service providers (ISP) that still provide access to pornography. “Some don’t follow the rules,” said the ministry spokesperson Gatot S Dewa Broto on Tuesday, July 3.

He said that the ministry will focus on internet cafes. “We have checked those in Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, and Palembang. We found many with access to pornography,” he said. The ministry will also target ISP with large markets. There are 180 ISPs throughout Indonesia.

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Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Agung Laksono said the government is formulating rules which regulates the authorities of a taskforce to curb and prosecute pornographers. “We expect to see results in three months and we hope that the regulation can be used as the legal basis for the taskforce,” Agung said on Monday, Apr. 23.

The regulation includes at least two government directives. The formulation of the regulation, according to Agung, will be coordinated with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

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Lawmakers are asking questions over the anti-pornography task force recently established by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, suspecting it may be a tool to distract the public from the fuel price hike plan.

"The task force is unnecessary because there are more important things that need our attention, the need to eradicate corruption for example,” House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung told reporters on Tuesday.

“The establishment of such a task force is a waste of time and will lead to other problems," he added.

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Bogor. Police are holding three men and a woman who they say were caught in the process of making a sex video, on the suspicion that the recording may have been intended for distribution as pornography.

Police were conducting a drugs raid in the Hotel Transit Parung, Bogor on Saturday when they entered room B41.

Instead of drugs however, police say they found two men, identified as R.D., 20, and J.A., 23, allegedly engaged in filming another man, D.E., 27, having sex with a woman, L.L., 25.

While making and distributing pornography is illegal under the 2008 Anti-Pornography Law, the Constitutional Court ruled in 2011 that filming sex videos for private use was permitted.

The Bogor police chief admitted that is exactly what the four say they were doing.

“The suspects say that the video recording was for private use, but we are not sure, it might be that numerous of the videos circulating in mobile phones are connected to these arrestees,” said Aj. Kom. Hery Santoso.

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Sex workers educated through training

Everybody dreams of having a secure and respectable job. Especially for women who need to support their families, but the hardships they face may drive them into prostitution. Being a prostitute, however, does not mean they have no right to proper healthcare and welfare.

With this in mind, Kusiyah, a peer educator with Kenanga Indah Community — a community of sex workers in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan — tries to educate prostitutes about minimizing the risks of their job.

“They are in a group with a high risk of contracting HIV. We pay more attention to HIV infection and how to avoid becoming a victim by conducting a variety of prevention activities,” Kusiyah said.

She spoke recently at a meeting of community-based HIV/AIDS and STD-prevention projects funded by Netherlands-based Oxfam-Novib.

The six-year projects are being conducted in four provinces: Central Java, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.

Supported by activists from the Indonesian Family Planning Association (PKBI), Kusiyah and her friends in the community promote safe sex and HIV awareness through education and information counseling not only among sex workers but also their clients.

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