These monkeys travel in order to entertain the poor kids of these slums. Now, as these monkeys have gained popularity they are being used for getting money from tourists. The practices of getting these monkeys to perform tricks and to have plastic doll masks shoved on their heads is as inhumane as you could imagine. Many of the monkeys don’t even make it through the vigorous training; often times dying from injuries, exhaustion and stress. For some of the people living here, the masked monkey is their last chance for survival in hopeless poverty.
In The Masked Monkey Mystery, by Franklin W. Dixon, we find the Hardys trying to find a rich man's son who disappeared. While on the case they are almost eaten by a man-eating fish and much more. They go from around their hometown to South America. In South America, they come face to face with a killer of a monkey. The Masked Monkey is a true excitement tale!
There is no clear way to put an end to it. Perhaps the best way to start is by simply not encouraging it by refusing to throw out your coins to the monkeys, no matter how heartbreaking a sight they may be. For the foreseeable future, it seems that the masked monkeys will remain a feature of Jakarta’s slums. They will continue to do their tricks as they stare through doll’s eyes, haunting the squalor of the streets, and perhaps haunting our dreams as well.
The masked performing monkeys have become a fairly common sight in many places of Jakarta since their beginnings as a mere oddity. Most Indonesians will pass by without giving much thought to them. A few will toss a few pennies out, more out of pity than anything else. It is with Western tourists that the monkeys are able to make the most money and such visitors are often confronted with the masked, costumed monkeys soon after venturing out on to the streets.
|Author||Franklin W. Dixon|
|Series||The Hardy Boys|
|Genre||Detective, Mystery novel|
|Publisher||Grosset & Dunlap|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||Danger on Vampire Trail|
|Followed by||The Shattered Helmet|