Beachgoer arrested and fined for wearing tiny bikini
A Taiwanese beachgoer was arrested and fined last week after locals in the Philippines complained to authorities that they thought her swimming costume was too skimpy.
On Wednesday, October 9, the female tourist was spotted with her boyfriend walking along the beaches of Boracay, wearing aa white bikini that left almost nothing to the imagination: consisting of some slender strips of cloth covering her intimate areas. The hotel staff advised her to cover herself up more, but the next day she was spotted wearing a red version of the same outfit.
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The couple, who claimed to be 'models', were spotted by a number of other people the next day, and when pictures were taken of them and reposted on social media, the images quickly drew the attention of the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group, who called on the police.
Police managed to identify the hotel where the Taiwanese couple was staying and arrested the woman on charges of violating a municipal ordinance on indecency at approximately 5.30 pm.
The Philippine Star reports that Chief Major Jess Baylon, of the Municipality of Malay Police, stated that the woman told her that: "I'm confident about myself. It’s just normal for us."
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However, Baylon herself told reporters: "Maybe it is her way of expressing how they appreciate the island and the beauty of her body, but in our conservative culture, this is unacceptable."
Meanwhile, Natividad Bernardino, chief of the Boracay Inter-Agency Management and Rehabilitation Group (BIAMRG), stated: "They were told not to by the hotel management, but they said it was a form of art. We have our own cultural values as Filipinos and Asians. They should be able to respect that. There is no dress code. Maybe it is just common sense."
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As a result of her so-called "erotic and lewd" swimwear, the woman in question was later fined PHP 2,500 ($48.57).