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The authorities want to close it down, but those who live and work in the area are resisting the move. Gang Dolly Indonesia red light area Dolly Lane in English - began as a small collection of brothels back in the s, and today has grown to house hundreds of prostitutes and pimps. Indonesia red light area not just home to a thriving sex trade though.
An economic eco-system has developed around Dolly. The red-light area provides jobs and income for residents who do everything from selling food to potential clients to arranging the parking for their motorcycles - all for a price. But now, the government wants all sex-trade activities in the red-light district to stop.
Officials set a deadline of Wednesday night, and they now plan to evict hundreds of sex workers from the area and close the 60 brothels. In the run-up to the deadline, there were daily protests organised by residents and activists who want to save Gang Dolly. Saputra, a resident and activist, says the shutdown will damage their incomes. In Dolly Lane at night, the streets are usually bustling with activity. But in the days leading up to the closure of the area, Dolly was unusually quiet. Dozens of sex workers were hanging around on the pavements outside, waiting for customers.
In a house next to a brothel, a toddler sat on a terrace with his parents, while other children played football on the streets. Despite the fact that Indonesia is a deeply devout Muslim nation - home to the world's largest Muslim population in fact - Dolly has provided ample income for many of the residents, allowing them to raise their children and provide for their families. Lis, 38, is already feeling the impact. She's been a sex worker for 12 years, and she has two children who are in school. I have to earn money for my kids and my family.
If I don't work, I can't give them any money. But she doesn't get to keep all of her earnings. Prostitution is illegal in Indonesia but closing down red-light districts has always been a challenge for officials because of the of people who depend on the sex trade to make a living.
But the authorities in Surabaya say they are serious about cleaning up Gang Dolly. We only agreed because we are worried about the children who live there and the impact the sex trade is having on them. We are also worried about increasing HIV rates. Officials say they will also provide training for them to be able to change jobs. But local non-governmental organisation NGO workers who have spent Indonesia red light area helping out in the Dolly community say that it's not easy for sex workers to change their profession.
What will happen to their families in the interim? Back in Dolly Lane, the protests continue. Residents and sex workers here are adamant that their way of life can't and won't be stopped. Even if they stop us it will only be for one month - during the fasting month of Ramadan. We stop at that time anyway every year.
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