REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, SURABAYA - East Java Police have named two suspects with the initials ES and TN in the case of online prostitution ring that involved two female celebrities with the initials, VA and AS. The case was uncovered following an arrest against FTV actreess, VA, at a hotel in Surabaya, on Saturday (Jan 5.)
According to East Java Police Department’s Special Criminal Investigation Deputy Director Arman Asmara, police received a tip-off from the public regarding prostitution in Surabaya City. The police followed up on the tip-off by conducting one month investigation.
Arman said the police also monitored social media platforms. They found out that one of transactions occured at a hotel in Surabaya on Saturday.
"The clients pay between Rp 20 million and 80 million for a date with a celebrity," he revealed.
In addition to establishing two suspects as pimps, the police also broaden the search to uncover more celebrities involved in the prostitution, Chief of East Java Police Inspector General Police Luki Hermawan said during a press conference at the East Java Police Headquarters, Surabaya, on Monday (Jan 7). According to Luki, ES and TN operated a high-class prostitution with a total of 45 celebrities and hundreds models as sex workers.
ES and TN shared different roles. Luki said ES acted as middleman, while TN promoted the models.
Regarding the names of the actrees and models involved, Luki was reluctant to disclose it. According to him, currently the police already has photographs, names, and proof of some transactions from the actrees and models involved in the online prostitution.
"We already have their names, pictures, and proves of some transactions," Luki said.