Sulawesi district to limit condom sales in bid to halt premarital sex

An Islamic district in central Sulawesi is set to give convenience stores one week to remove condoms from their shelves or risk being shut down.

The seafront in Makassar, Sulawesi.

The seafront in Makassar, Sulawesi. Image by Fabio Achilli / CC BY 2.0

The move, designed to discourage premarital sex, has been slammed by activists who claim that the ban will not tackle risky sexual behaviour. Condom sales would still be allowed in the remote district in pharmacies but only for customers aged above 17.

Regulations to crack down on behaviour viewed as ‘immoral’ have multiplied across Indonesia in recent years, amid signs of growing conservatism in the region. Several other areas in Indonesia, such as Surabaya and Bengkulu, have limited the sale of condoms in attempts to deter casual sex among teenagers. Read more:

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