An article by Bambang Muryanto and Yemris Fointuna in The Jakarta Post describes a demonstration in Yogyakarta which aimed to improve the government response to HIV and reject the closing of the red light district and the use of bylaws to discriminate against sex workers.
“The government must be more serious in familiarizing and providing education on HIV/AIDS to migrant workers,” executive director of the Institute for Migrant Workers (IWORK), Y. Budi Wibawa told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the meeting.
Quoting data from the Care for Migrant Workers Association, Wibawa said that last year 50 migrant workers working in Malaysia were infected by the deadly disease. This year, 12 were infected.
“Of the 50, only one is still alive,” he said.