A Broken Butterfly – RIP Ningsih…

 Having more than a few times expressed my concerns at what happens to those many young Indonesian girls who travel abroad to seek their ‘fortune’ – or at least the chance to live a more prosperous life than what’s available back in their Javanese kampungs – I was appalled to read about what happened to poor Ningsih, in Hong Kong.

Murdered, her corpse left to decompose in a suitcase.

What in God’s name can possess anyone to do this to anyone, let alone a pretty young girl?



The confirmed Indonesian victim has been identified as 25-year-old Sumarti Ningsih, from Cilacap, Central Java. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/11/03/both-slain-women-hk-could-be-indonesian-govt.html

Unlike many of the girls I’ve written about who come to grief overseas, Ningsih was apparently a bar-girl, a hooker.

So? She was a prostitute? What the media now, for some reason, call a’ sex-worker?’ One sees them in every bar in Jakarta, some nice, some not so nice, and, like all the other kampung kids who come to the big city, seeking a path out of poverty. Indonesians call them kupu2 malam – night butterflies.  

Her livelihood in no way lessens the magnitude of the crime against her,  the brutal way her life was snuffed out.

RIP, Ningsih.