Monday, October 14, 2013
Forget Patpong or Gelang, go to Gang Dolly, the biggest red-light district in South-east Asia
Bangkok’s Patpong and Singapore’s Gelang are minnows compared to Gang Dolly (top pix), the Big Kahuna of vice in Indonesia. The word “gang” means “alley’ in Bahasa Indonesia. The area is purportedly named after Dolly, the Dutch woman who offered sex services here in the 1950s. Located in Surabaya in Java, the area is a “komplek pekerja sex komersial” (commercial sex-workers complex) having more than 3,000 prostitutes. The term "commercial sex-workers complex" denotes that it is tolerated by the authorities. Many brothels use the glass-front system where passers-by can see the women and a small number of boy-gigolos. The best brothel is reputedly Barbara which charges 250,000 rupiah for a short-time. According to the Jakarta Post, Gang Dolly has more than 600 visitors every night. Also be warned that, according to the same newspaper, more than 1,200 sex workers of Dolly are afflicted with STDs, such as HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea and herpes.