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Time to Get Serious About 'Kafes'

Governor Questions Why Regents and Mayors are Reluctant to Crack Down on 'Kafes' that are Seen as a Major Source of HIV/AIDS infections in Bali.

(3/7/2011) Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika remains determined to see the large network of roadside "Kafes" across Bali and oftentimes serving as fronts for prostitution closed.

Beritabali.com says that Pastika is impatient and frustrated with the continuing reluctance of regents and mayors across Bali to respond to his call for a crackdown on illegal kafes.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, governor Pastika said there is no reason preventing an official crackdown on kafes in Bali. The governor feels that there should be little problem in closing the 'kafes.' given the lack of legal permits for such kafes and the lack of any law authorizing the establishment of such businesses.

"Let's not be reluctant to take action. If it's a problem of permits, they don't have any - so move against them. Do we have the courage to do something or not? Don't let these (kafes) propagate," governor Pastika complained to the press.

The governor reminded all of the importance to bring kafes into line in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Bali. He reminded that there are an estimated 4,000 commercial sex workers in Bali infected with HIV/AIDS, with many of them employed at the roadside kafes.