The Kuta Village Office had started receiving complaints regarding children who aggressively ask for money from tourists in Kuta.
The Secretary of Kuta Sub-District, Made Agus Suantara, confirmed that he has received complaints from the Kuta Village Office concerning underage street sellers who cause inconveniences by asking for money from tourists in his area.
“The officials of Kuta Village received a report from a tourist guide who came across these street sellers who insisted that tourists give them money,” Suantar said on Tuesday (19/4).
After receiving the report, Suantara immediately communicated the issue with the Kuta Civil Service Office. They began an operation to find the underage children who have been selling in Kuta tourist spots.
The officials managed to detain 10 children on Saturday evening (16/4) and transported them to the Civil Service Office Station for interrogation.
“It turns out that the kids came to Kuta from Karangasem and have been staying in a boarding house with thier parents,” Suantara added.
He was concerned that this issue might affect the tourism sector, which is only starting to recover. “We will regularly supervise their movement, and we might transport them back to where they’re from if they try to repeat the same mistake,” Suantara concluded.
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