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Of bathing and bikinis: Porn law claims yet more victims

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Purwokerto   /   Sat, December 20 2008   /  08:50 am

The association of tour guides at the Baturraden holiday resort in Banyumas, Central Java, has blamed the much-decried anti-pornography law for a slew of recent cancellations by Dutch tourists planning to visit the area. Association chairman Tekad Santoso said Friday he had received several emails from Dutch would-be holidaymakers saying they were canceling their visits over fears they could fall foul of the law while enjoying Baturraden’s attractions. “It’s true, they said they were afraid the police would arrest them for bathing in the local sulfur springs,” Te-kad said. Baturraden, he went on, was a popular destination among Dutch tourists, with an average of two tour groups visiting the resort each week. Tekad added that for most Dutch tourists, Baturraden held a sentimental attraction because of its rich Dutch colonial heritage. ...