Indonesia looks for trans women and puts them into rehabs

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Transgender women in Indonesia are being rounded up and sent to rehabilitation centers against their will. The Jakarta Social Agency prompted the wave of detentions by classifying trans women as people with the socially dysfunctional features. Chaidir, head of rehabilitation affairs at the agency, said it regularly conducted raids on places where they believe trans women to be located. “Soon after we have a waria [the term referring to transgender women in Indonesia] admitted to a social house, we will notify her family or her community to organise her release,” he said. But he explained that these trans women were not allowed to leave rehab before they sign a written statement preventing from further ‘violations’. “Once or twice is still OK, but if we catch them a third time, they can be sent to jail for committing the same violation over and over,” said Chaidir.

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