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JohnLocke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 02:37 PM
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Singapore locks up U.S. man for possessing porn
Singapore locks up U.S. man for possessing porn
Reuters
Thursday, August 25, 2005

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore police handcuffed and locked up a U.S. citizen for bringing 58 pornographic DVDs and video CDs into the wealthy city-state when he moved to Singapore last year, a newspaper reported Thursday.
The Straits Times said Singapore state prosecutors had dropped charges of possessing uncertified and obscene films against Tran Nghia Hong after he presented them with a declaration by his brother, stating that he was missing "certain DVDs."
The films, found by Singapore customs officers in a shipment of his belongings from California, included titles such as "Frivolous Lola," "Copulation Nation" and "Lord of the Strings."
"I was handcuffed and put in a lock-up for four hours after I was charged," the report quoted Tran, 35, as saying.
Tran, a financial controller at U.S. Internet equipment maker Cisco Systems, could have been fined up to S$500 for each disc, up to a maximum of S$20,000, or up to six months in prison, or both.
Despite efforts to loosen some of its social controls, many tough rules remain in Singapore. "Playboy" magazine is banned, while oral sex remains technically illegal under a law that says "whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animals" can be fined and jailed up to 10 years, or even for life.
In recent years, Singapore has partially relaxed its famous ban on chewing gum, allowed some bars to stay open for 24 hours and ended a ban on the popular U.S. sitcom "Sex and the City."
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Verve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 02:40 PM
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1. Wow! Singapore is strict ! You can be fined heavily for looking
Edited on Thu Aug-25-05 02:40 PM by Verve
at a woman improperly. I think you can also be fined for chewing gum. Anyone who goes there knows this. What was this man thinking?????
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 02:45 PM
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3. Fined hell, you can be caned!
They were always very fond of caning, it is much more severe than one would think.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 03:37 PM
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4. Even worse, they put mustard oil on the cane...
Just to add a little more burning discomfort.
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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 02:40 PM
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2. HOLY FUCK! I'm fucking screwed!!!
Edited on Thu Aug-25-05 02:41 PM by Jara sang
***Grabs filing cabinet full of categorized and dated pornography collected since I was 12 and proceeds to burn each piece in a bon fire, with a tear in my eye***
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 03:42 PM
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5. Ah, I see Neil Bush is vacationing in Singapore again
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 06:39 PM
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6. Ironically, Singapore's very name is an anagram for "porn aegis"
There must be some hidden meaning in that, but I'll be darned if I can figure out what it is...
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MetaTrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-05 08:22 PM
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7. But prostitution is legal in Singapore
Edited on Thu Aug-25-05 08:25 PM by MetaTrope
I guess Tran didn't know that when he packed for the move.

Reuters info on oral sex is also outdated; it's legal so long as it leads to "proper intercourse".
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