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Enslaved by the Cult

Exploitation of young boys in Java’s ancient tradition

In Indonesia, East Java's traditional dance known as Reog Ponorogo is a colourful spectacle which draws crowds of revellers. But this ancient custom hides a dark secret of abusive relationships between grown men and young boys. The chief organiser behind the Reog Ponorogo show is a revered man known as the Warok. He is believed to have supernatural abilities, which the Warok can lose should he become involved with a woman. However, the Warok can employ servant boys who learn to keep house, dance and anything else that's demanded of them, including providing sexual favours.