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Governor Calls for Closure of Illicit Cafes

Blamed for Increasing Rate of HIV/AIDS Cases, Bali Governor Wants Illegal Cafes Closed.

(1/15/2011) BeritaBali.com reports that governor Made Mangku Pastika has called on regional leaders to bring into line the numerous illegal Cafes (kafes), oftentimes operating as fronts for prostitution, now operating across the island. Moreover, the governor is asking Bali regents to close those kafes not holding operating licenses.

Governor Pastika urged the regents or bupatis not to be reluctant to close or even demolish kafe operations that lack operating permits.

The governor is also offering assistance in shutting down the illegal nightspots if the island's regents encounter resistance in any form from kafe owners. "We're ready to back them up; we will help if there are difficulties; whatever the problem, we'll help. The public have reacted. The (negative) impact of the kafes is being felt," said Pastika.

Adamant that the kafes must be closed, Pastika said that any requests for compensation from the illegal businesses should be simply ignored.

The illegal kafes, many located near traditional villages in Bali, are often cited as a major contributory cause for the recent dramatic increase in HIV/AIDS cases on the island.