Indonesian Sex Industry (05:53)
Young Artie lives in a poor Indonesian village with her family; due to her destitute situation and lack of education, Artie was tricked into agreeing to marry an Arab man in return for 1,050 U.S. dollars. The term for this kind of contract marriage in her village is “carbon contract.”
Economic Inequality (05:04)
In villages like Artie’s, it is uncommon for parents to send their children to school due to financial limitations; it is common for young women to enter into temporary marriage contracts for money. Artie tells the unhappy story of her contract marriage to a much older, wealthy man from Saudi Arabia.
Artie's Marriage (03:09)
Once in Saudi Arabia with her new contract husband, the man gave her her dowry, which she sent to her parents back in her village; Artie discovered her husband was already married with three children, and he became abusive. She ran away several times before her husband finally divorced her.
The Pimp (06:17)
Algus is the pimp in Artie's village; he communicates with the men, mostly Arabic men, who want to enter into contract marriages or hire a prostitute for an evening or day. Algus targets local families with young girls who are often working on the streets as beggars; contract marriages can be anywhere from a few hours to six months.
The "Fake" Headman (09:28)
Algus employs a man to stand in as the master of the village during the illegal contract wedding ceremonies; Islam forbids a man and a woman to cohabitate outside of marriage, and the man must get the parent and village masters consent before getting married. Dhea went through a marriage contract and now works on the streets as a sex worker.
The Teen Victim (06:52)
A young woman began working as a sex worker at age fifteen after being tricked into employment by a pimp promising she would work as a domestic helper. The sex workers station themselves along a stretch of the railroad with the younger women placed closer to the road.
Fighting Sex Tourism (04:33)
In the sex industry, young virgin women are sold at a high price, often times by their own parents who are desperate for money; NGOs in the region try to fight the increasing problems caused by sex tourism; a man who transports the children to the cities describes his work life.
The Angry Mother (07:31)
A mother living in a village in Jakarta fights to keep sex criminals out of her city after her young sons are almost kidnapped by a human trafficker. She confronted a kidnapper and saved two young boys, turning them over to social services.
Credits: Demand and Supply (09:14)
Credits: Demand and Supply
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