You need to make the Illustrator file into a compound path (with no fill would probably be a good idea). I suspect you also need to copy and paste, rather than place it in ID, then you can select the compound path and place your image inside it.
Right on everything Peter. Thanks for the info. Just curious i don't know why from Illustrator to InDesign Place doesn't work and copy+paste do?
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Copy and paste gives you access to the paths, including a compound path created from the paths.
When you place an image (e.g., as an AI file), it's treated as a single object. It can go through transformations—scaling, skewing, rotating, etc.—but you don't have access to its parts.
The disadvantage of copy/paste is that it only works for a relatively simple path (up to about 500 points). If it's more than that, it's treated as a single object, and is uneditable.