A 14 year old girl was reportedly expelled from an Indonesian school in Depok (West Java) who claimed she “tarnished” the institutions image after she was raped by someone she met on facebook, who was later revealed to be a member of a Trafficking syndicate.
The girl returned to school after a month of absence, following her horrific ordeal, but was told to go back home because the school “could no longer accept a student that has tarnished the school’s image”.
“The statement was made by a [school foundation] staffer during a flag-hoisting ceremony that was attended by hundreds of students. When [my daughter] wanted to enter the classroom, she was barred. Have pity on my child. Her life has already been ruined and now she cannot go to school,” SAS’ mother told reporters.
The schools principle refused to meet with the girl’s mother, aged 39, who tried to meet the principal to discuss her daughters status at the school
Despite officials from the school’s foundation declining to comment on the incident, one teacher, denied that the girl was expelled. The teacher said that the school was only advising students to be careful when asked to go with strangers.
He added that the foundation had not issued a letter to expel the girl
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) sent a letter to the foundation protesting its decision to expel SAS.
Commission chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait said that as educators, teachers should protect SAS instead of judging her in front of other students.
He criticized the school for treating SAS as a perpetrator instead of a victim of a crime, while it was clear that the girl had been kidnapped and raped. “We protest this kind of treatment,” he said.
He accused the school of denying the girl’s right to an education, saying: “They do not appreciate her willingness to go back to school after such a traumatic experience.”
The Jakarta post says the girl is believed to be the latest in a long list of victims of an alleged human trafficking ring operating on widely used social media outlets. The girl had been reported missing for a week following a meet-up with a man she met through Facebook.
The man, identified as Den Gilang alias Yugi who befriended mostly minors on Facebook, asked to meet her outside a department store on Sept. 23, where a public minivan with several of the man’s friends on board was waiting.
According to SAS’ statement to the police, they headed to a house in Parung, Bogor, where several other teenage girls were also being held. For one week, Yugi allegedly raped SAS, threatened to kill her and forced her to have sex with other men under the influence of alcohol.
Her lawyer, Dwi Handy Pardede, said that his client was to be sold to someone in Batam, Riau Islands. The captors aborted the plan and left her at a bus terminal, where local residents recognized her from flyers distributed by her family.