Bali tourists risk jail over extramarital sex
Bali tourists could soon be jailed for six months for having consensual sex if they are not married.
The ban on extramarital sex will be introduced under amendments to the country's criminal code that appear set to pass within the week.
Living together outside of wedlock, providing contraception to children under 18, the abortion pill and insulting the president will also be crimes punishable by jail terms in Indonesia under the proposed changes.
The 1.2 million Australians who visit Bali annually will not be exempt from the strict laws, which would be introduced in the next two years once they are pass parliament.
Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society Tim Lindsey said the laws were "highly regressive", but questioned if they would actually be imposed.
"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," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
"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."
Mr Lindsey believed Australia would update its travel advice if the laws do pass.
"It's a very real risk and they will have to warn the more than one million Aussies who travel there each year," he said.
"They don't get that it will have an effect on tourism."
Indonesian MP Teuku Taufiqulhad also hinted it would be hard to enforce the laws for extramarital sex, saying it would be "no problem, as long as people don't know".
Human Rights Watch Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono reluctantly said he believes the laws will be passed.
"I hope I am wrong. We are lobbying multiple parties to try and stop this," he said.
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