Tourists Could Be Jailed For Having Sex In Bali As Indonesia Considers Harsh New Rule
Indonesia is a beautiful, stunning, incredible place to visit.
While the country adheres to a pretty strict Islamic law, Bali has always been a legal haven because it caters to so many tourists from around the world that would struggle to adapt.
However, that's about to change as lawmakers consider introducing a new rule that bans sex outside marriage - and it would apply to everyone.
Even if the sex is consensual, people who have sex who aren't married or who are unmarried but living together will be jailed.
Article 419 says: "Couples who live together without being legally married could be sentenced to six months in prison."
You could also cop a six month jail sentence for 'obscene acts in public', which will no doubt see loads of people who get rip roaring drunk every year in the tropical paradise locked up.
Naturally, the laws have sparked concern from human rights groups, who say that the new laws contravene international law.
Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono told the Courier Mail: "It is very serious. It's a disaster and the two articles covering living together and extramarital sex were pushed by the Muslim brotherhood on ideological grounds. This will impact tourism, ex-patriots and foreign investment."
Campaigners are calling on Indonesian leader Joko Widodo not to adopt the proposals or face hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists in jail unnecessarily.
Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society Tim Lindsey added to the Sydney Morning Herald: "The extra marital sex provision is new to Indonesia, it will create huge problems for foreigners if it's enforced, though Indonesia is awash with laws that are never enforced.
"Will tourists have to take marriage certificates to Indonesia?
"This also exposes foreigners to extortion. It would be easy for a police officer in Bali to say you aren't married, you have to pay me.
"That's a quite likely scenario. It's a very real risk and they will have to warn the more than one million Aussies who travel there each year. They don't get that it will have an effect on tourism."
There have been rumblings in Bali and Indonesia for months now, with authorities and politicians seemingly fed up with the hordes of tourists that flock to their shores every year only to wreak havoc.
Don't get us wrong, the people who give tourists a bad name should be made an example of, but jailing people who just want to have a couple of minutes of passion is ridiculous.
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