According to The New York Times (2017-11-04) (no paywall page):

Several years ago, the Indonesian police rescued a female orangutan who had been shaved and was being used as a prostitute at a brothel.

No further detail is furnished. No source is given for the above information, though as the article is written, I infer that this information was from one "Daniel Stiles, a self-styled ape detective who lives in Kenya".

So is this claim true or false? Did any human being ever pay for sex with an orangutan in Indonesia?

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    I am ashamed that I could not resist clicking on this. The poor animal.
    – RedSonja
    Nov 6, 2017 at 9:35

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This claim is true, according to a NGO dedicated to the conservation of Bornean Orangutans.

The Orangutan, named Pony, was shaved every day and used as a prostitute in a village located in Indonesian Borneo. Policemen rescued her in 2003 and she was put under the care of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).

The BOSF confirms it on their website and Michelle Desilets, BOSF director, talks about it in a Vice interview and on her Twitter.

  • When I saw this question, I asked myself "how the hell are you supposed to verify that?" And then when I read the link in your answer... OMFG. Cannot unsee!
    – Ernie
    Nov 8, 2017 at 20:32

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