Gambling in Indonesia
With over 240 million people Indonesia is one of the most populous countries in the world, making it an ideal market for gambling. However, this is where the country’s religious roots come in as the population is predominantly Muslim (around 85%). Due to this many forms of gambling are strictly prohibited in Indonesia.
Despite this, a large part of the population still participates in gambling activities in various ways. In addition to the numerous underground casino arcades that are all over the country, there is a lot of interest in betting on sports competitions. This is also supported by the fact that betting rings are well established in towns and cities that are popular tourist destinations.
The government is working hard to make sure these illegal activities are stopped. A joint effort between the ministries of Social Affairs, Religious Affairs and Communications & IT has been put in place to ensure all gambling is completely eliminated from the country.
To achieve this, the government will collaborate with telecommunications providers to block access to online gambling sites. This will be done by monitoring customers’ profiles and detecting transactions that are likely related to gambling. This will allow the ministry to cut off each string of the illegal gambling web hovering over the Indonesian market.
As the country’s laws on this matter are rather unclear and complicated, it is not a surprise that there are quite a few legal loopholes for players to take advantage of. This is why utilizing a VPN to make sure that your activity is protected is highly recommended.