A series of ‘belfies’ (bum-selfies) taken in front of a sacred temple in Thailand has led to the arrest of a gay American couple.
The married couple, Joseph and Travis Dasilva, will be fined, deported and blacklisted from ever returning Thailand.
The tourists were held late on Tuesday when trying to leave the country at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport as the Thai immigration police had the two on a watch-list after authorities had spotted the controversial social media post.
“Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation,” he said. “They will also be blacklisted from coming back to Thailand.” Deputy spokesman of the Thai immigration police, Col Choengron Rimpadee, told the BBC.
The couple will be charged with public nakedness as Thailand has very strict laws on behaviour considered disrespectful and offensive to its Buddhist religion, the couple may be subject to further charges under Thailand’s computer crimes act, which can carry prison sentences up to five years.