Surabaya: Officials in Indonesia’s Surabaya city said one of Southeast Asia’s biggest red-light districts would close for business in July, despite protests by hundreds of sex workers who say the shutdown will leave them destitute.

Workers against the move earlier blockaded roads to “Dolly”, a seedy district of narrow lanes where women are famously touted in shop windows of old crumbling buildings in Indonesia’s second-biggest city.

Protesters covered their faces with black cloths emblazoned with slogans rejecting Dolly’s closure and banged pots and pans together.