Saturday, 10 October 2009

Internet Exclusive: Video Footage of PNTL Raid on Brothels, UNMIT Staff on the Premises.


On 8 October 2009 this newspaper published an Internet exclusive on the Timorese National Police (PNTL) raid on brothels in Dili, Timor-Leste. You can read the full story here.

Below are two videos taken from the scene.
Video One (Moon Bar)

Video Two (Nada Bar)


Anonymous said...

Yes, the exploitation of women as sex workers should be eradicated. But don't blame the workers. Moreso, lets not pretend that prostitution has just cropped up because of the presence of the UN. Any Timorese will tell you that the tradition of Timorese men visiting brothels has existed since Indonesian times when it became institutionalized. As it is still institutionalized in Indonesia today. The Indonesian military ran numerous brothels where sex was cheap and was known by everyone. lets not blame the UN or westerners. As a priest told me last week, there are actually less brothels in Timor-Leste now. But the porblem of prostitution by Timorese women is probably bigger now and it is not so much in brothels anymore. Its just as great but will not be dealt with if we keep trying to seek scapegoats rather than actually know where the problem lies.

Anonymous said...

there will be no smoke without fire.. as long as many men craving for cheap sex, those sex workers will remain exist in DILI. let alone the history. the problem is about people's characters. nothing can be blamed if this case blows up.

Anonymous said...

Please be sensitive about the way you deal with filming these kind of raids! I don't know the whole story but it seems to me the women here are being trafficked, exploited and further stigmatized by sticking a camera in their faces. Were there only Immigration Police present at the raid? Where were the Police from the Vulnerable Persons Unit? There are many more questions to ask!