(Cosplaying may even exibit sensuality)

(Will similar law be passed soon in the Philippines?)

What if female and male entertainers from the Philippines are asked to wear chastity belts to stop the proliferation of prostitution in the country? Being one of the more popular tourist destinations, it has been perceived that the influx of tourists in the Philippines is not only motivated by its beautiful beaches but on its entertainment value. Tourists come to the Philippines not only its beaches and other scenic spots but to be entertained as well. And entertainment may mean so many things including sex. This is exactly what happened to Indonesia when local authorities told their female masseuses to padlock their pants.

To curb incidence of prostitution, a local government in Indonesia’s East Java province ask masseuses to wear a padlock on their pants. While this may be a sound deterrent against prostitution, it did not sit well with State Minister for Women’s Empowerment, Meuthia Hatta, who said that the recently implemented policy in the tourist area was misguided.

A news paper quoted the minister from saying that such policy is an insult to women. “It is not the right way to prevent promiscuity. It insults women as if they are the ones in the wrong.”  A newspaper showed a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers. A local administrator wants to maintain the image of Batu, 75 km (46 miles) south of Indonesia’s second-biggest city, Surabaya, as a popular tourist destination not on prostitution but “for its cool climate, hot springs and mountain scenery.”

“Last month, Indonesia passed a bill to restrict access to pornographic and violent sites on the Internet, while parliament has yet to pass a controversial pornography bill that aims to shield the young from pornographic material and lewd acts.”  The earlier draft versions contained provisions that penalize “people for kissing in public and criminalize many forms of art or traditional culture that hinge on sensuality.” Such provision, however, sparked criticisms since it may undermine basic freedom and “hurt Indonesia’s tolerant traditions.”

The Indonesian State Minister may have been irked by a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers. She said the “best way to curb prostitution in massage parlors is to improve security systems including installing CCTV.”

Does similar law hold water in the Philippines? Will people look at this as a curtailment of basic freedom guaranteed by the Constitution despite its positive impact on religion and morality? 



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