Karaoke cashier scape­goated for bosses

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Sri Mulyati ( born 1975), a mother of four, worked as a cashier and re­cep­tion­ist at ACC Karaoke club in Se­marang, Cen­tral Java. Police raided the venue on June 8, 2011, and found one of the em­ploy­ees was a 17-year-old girl. Sri was on hol­i­day at the time of the raid, but her man­ager, Joni, sum­moned her to the club. Upon ar­rival, she was ar­rested by police and ac­cused of eco­nomic or sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a child. Police re­fused to ar­rest the club’s owner or man­ager for hir­ing the un­der­age worker. Se­marang Dis­trict Court on Jan­uary 24, 2012, sen­tenced Sri to one year in jail and fined her Rp2 mil­lion, which would re­sult in an­other two months im­pris­on­ment if she failed to pay. Se­marang High Court up­held the ver­dict. In Jan­uary 2014, the Supreme Court over­turned the lower courts’ ver­dicts. She was awarded com­pen­sa­tion of Rp5 mil­lion from the state for 13 months’ wrong­ful im­pris­on­ment, but the mech­a­nism for re­ceiv­ing the com­pen­sa­tion proved to be a bu­reau­cratic night­mare. Three years later, she was yet to re­ceive the money.


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