Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, where the online scam was running. Photo: iStock

Authorities in Indonesia have arrested a teenager for allegedly running an online service that exploits children for prostitution.

The teenager, identified only as EGR, 17, was detained at a hotel in North Jakarta at about 10 am on March 7, The Jakarta Post reported.

On March 10, local police chief Moh Faruk Rozi said a cyber-patrol team received intel that EGR was offering prostitution services via a Facebook account under the alias Tasya Ayusari, which led to the arrest.

EGR allegedly offered a 15-year-old as a prostitute for 4 million rupiah (US$280) to an investigator posing as a potential client. After closing the deal, EGR took the 15-year-old to a hotel where the arrest took place.

Rozi added that EGR pocketed 500,000 rupiah per girl for every transaction. The 17-year-old may be charged under the 2007 law on human trafficking, as well as the 2008 law on electronic information and transactions. EGR could be sentenced to 15 years in prison as a maximum penalty if convicted of the crimes.

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