Bali 'gigolos' arrested after YouTube video shines light on Indonesian sex tourism
Police on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali have arrested around 30 men suspected of male prostitution with western women.
Bali police spokesman Gede Sugianyar said the move was an attempt to "clean up the beach of prostitution" after it emerged in a documentary by a foreign film-maker that local men, known as beach 'cowboys', were wooing female tourists.
The documentary 'Cowboys in Paradise' - the work of Singapore-based director Amit Virmani - left Bali's tourism officials reeling when it was shown at a South Korean film festival earlier this month.
In the film, which has been posted on YouTube, local men talk honestly about how they seduce visiting female tourists, with the wife of one of the 'cowboys' admitting: "When my husband's guests come, he stays with them. For a night or two, I don't sleep with him. I don't mind that".
Tourism chiefs fear that the video is tarnishing Bali's reputation as a family-friendly destination. More than six million visitors flock to the island every year for its cocktail of sunshine, culture and beaches.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said: "Certainly it's worrying. We'll take action so the image of Bali as a spiritual island isn't tainted".
The men involved have denied the relationships formed on the beaches involve money.
29-year-old Rosnan Efendi commented: "I'm stressed by the raids. I wonder if the authorities are coming after me next.
"I'm also angry the film-maker twisted the story. We were told it was a documentary about love and relationships between locals and foreigners.