Sabrina, Street Performer

Meet Sabrina (14), who like many others is a street performer on the KRL Economy Jabotabek commuter train. The commuter train links the city of Bogor and Jakarta.


Back stage, her real name is Alifah. She lives with her parents in a small town called Cilebut - just half an hour away from Bogor by train.


"I am supposed to be in junior high," she told me when I ask if she goes to school, and she added quickly "I stop going to school because I need to support my family."


Her dream is to be a famous pop singer. Although at this moment, she admits that she is comfortable singing on the train. To entertain the passengers, she sings mostly local pop and a few popular dangdut songs .


Sabrina wears a long Muslim dress and has a fair skin, when I ask her to smile for the camera, she hesitated for a second but then let go.


She starts early in the morning and earns around $3 before she heads home in the afternoon.


Gender slurs, verbal assaults, and sexual harassments are something of a commonality for her. She thinks it's the risk although she has no idea why they treat her that way.

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Taken on November 29, 2008