MonkeyTown Bizarre Masked Monkeys are trained and perform in Jakarta, Indonesia. Animal Cruelty, poverty On the streets of Jakarta, monkeys are a common part of the urban landscape. Usually they can be seen on street corners performing tricks with their handlers. Monkeys ride wooden motorcycles or horses, smoke, dress as women out shopping with their handbags and generally are seen as small charming clowns. People love the blurring of the human/animal divide, and monkey handlers are always looking for new ways to exploit this. I didn't pay much attention to them until monkey handlers started getting the monkeys outfitted with baby doll heads. The first time I saw this, I was stunned by the surreal sight. It suggested a dark side to this seemingly innocent entertainment. I followed one of the monkey handlers back to his small neighbourhood. Many of Jakarta’s performing monkeys are raised there. Its a place where masked monkeys, monkeys riding rocking horses and monkeys peering curiously from cages and dark corners are everywhere; wrapping dirty alleyways in an eerie layer of mystery.