A Retrospective Evaluation on Prostitution Policy in Indonesia

Mohammad Suud


This paper presents a retrospective evaluation of prostitution policy in Indonesia, particularly in the last ten years of the period of the New Order Regime. Based on the secondary data, a retrospective analysis, in the frame of rationality and coherence, could give reliable and valid information to the prostitution policy and its results. In dealing with the prostitutes, the government tends to act unjustly, while the implication of the Indonesian Criminal Code as one of the national law conceals discrimination. The spirit of the law saves a moral weakness to endorse the creation of a good life for Indonesian having Pancasila as the way of life. Linked to the regulation of prostitution, the governmental efforts tend to be instant and frontal to tackle the prostitutes’ matters. Because of the government ignored historical and substantial views, the governmental intervention in their matter brought more problems than solutions. The inconsistency of the local governments in managing the localization of prostitutes has compounded the problems. The governmental policy could not grasp the goals: rehabilitation and resocialization. The policy has strengthened the institutionalization of prostitute-pimp relations. The government has secretly become an institution serving pimps.

Keywords: policy, evaluation, prostitution.

DOI: 10.7176/PPAR/9-12-02

Publication date: December 31st 2019

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ISSN (Paper)2224-5731 ISSN (Online)2225-0972

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