Transgender Women Detained In Jakarta

In Indonesia, The Jakarta Post has reported that waria, transgender women, are being classified as people with social dysfunctional traits and rounded up and sent to rehabilitation centres by The Jakarta Social Agency.

This latest news adds to the countries continued their crackdown on their LGBT community.

The agency behind the raids claims they regularly conduct searches to admit “waria” to social housing, from there families are notified to organise their release.

The raids appear to be a crackdown on vagrancy with homeless, street buskers and beggars also targeted and detained at rehabilitation centres. Families are made to verifying the waria’s place of residence, to prove that she is not homeless, in order to secure release.

One transgender woman explained to the Post that if you are detained three times for the same violation, people are then sent to jail.

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