Indonesia's poor jockey for jobs (VIDEO) Poverty

Poor Indonesians living in Jakarta have found an opportunity to make money from the capital's traffic regulations, by thumbing lifts from drivers who need three people in their car to avoid rush hour restrictions.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta on this lucrative but risky profession.







With 20 million vehicles on the streets each day, and with far less pavement than in big cities like New York, Singapore and Tokyo, traffic in Jakarta is terrible. Deden Rukmana, who teaches urban planning at Savannah State University, says the population of the world’s sixth largest metropolis has been growing so fast that the city can’t keep up.
“Oh yeah. Sometimes it’s a good deal. Sometimes, when I hit it lucky, when it’s a good day I can make a lot,” Adik says. “There are no guarantees when you do this kind of thing. But sometimes I get 20,000 rupiahs.”
That’s about $2.35 in a city where the poor live on less than a dollar a day. Jockeys are well worth the price for 50-year-old Fannie, who doesn’t want to give her last name. A busy executive with a pharmaceutical firm, she recalls rainy days when it took two hours to get to work and three hours to get home.

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