Masked Monkey or “Topeng Monyet” is a traditional play or performance in Indonesian villages involving performing monkeys with their handlers and usually finishing with a snake act or two. The handlers would travel around from village to village with their moneys, perhaps on foot or bicycle. Local children would rush over for the show much as Punch and Judy shows used to in Europe in the last century.
Sadly, in Jakarta, village life has disappeared and these days, many of these monkeys are kept in cages and rented out to low income people to use for begging in the streets at traffic lights or outside busy restaurants for a few coins. They generally use inhumane training methods and keep them on chains.
How to protect and or report abusers of these poor monkeys Jakarta Animal Aid Network JAAN http://jakartaanimalaid.com/
Jakarta Post Article Much-abused macaques may soon face extinction