Unmarried couples, including tourists, could be sent to prison if Indonesia passes a new penal code outlawing extramarital sex. Photo: Shutterstock Unmarried couples, including tourists, could be sent to prison if Indonesia passes a new penal code outlawing extramarital sex. Photo: Shutterstock
Unmarried couples, including tourists, could be sent to prison if Indonesia passes a new penal code outlawing extramarital sex. Photo: Shutterstock
Mercedes Hutton
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Indonesia’s extramarital sex ban could be disastrous for country’s tourism industry

  • A proposed penal code, which would criminalise sex before marriage and outlaw same-sex relations, has caused protests, petitions, bad press
  • Travellers are already cancelling holidays, amid fears of getting locked up or fined

Unmarried couples, including tourists, could be sent to prison if Indonesia passes a new penal code outlawing extramarital sex. Photo: Shutterstock Unmarried couples, including tourists, could be sent to prison if Indonesia passes a new penal code outlawing extramarital sex. Photo: Shutterstock
Unmarried couples, including tourists, could be sent to prison if Indonesia passes a new penal code outlawing extramarital sex. Photo: Shutterstock
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.