Dozens gathered on Monday in Langsa City, Indonesia to watch two hijab-wearing women get lashed and punished “for violating sharia by advertising (sex) through the internet.”
According to Aji Asmanuddin, head of Langsa’s Islamic sharia agency, the two hijab-wearing suspects were arrested in March along with five sex workers, who could also face a flogging if found guilty of violating Islamic law.
Asmanuddin added that officials are trying to crack down on the area’s booming online sex trade, he added.
“This is the first (pimping) case in Langsa although we believe there are many of them out there. We just don’t have the necessary tools to monitor them online.”
Aceh, at the tip of Sumatra, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Islamic sharia law, which allows flogging for a range of offences including prostitution, gambling, adultery, drinking alcohol, and gay sex.