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San Diego gay couple face serious jail time in Thailand for exposing backsides in front of sacred religious temple

November 30, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
San Diego gay couple face serious jail time in Thailand for exposing backsides in front of sacred religious temple

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A pair of boneheaded American tourists generated national outrage in Thailand after posting photos of themselves exposing their backsides in front of a sacred religious temple in Bangkok.
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Thai officials said immigration authorities arrested San Diego residents Travis and Joseph Dasilva, both 38, at Don Mueang International Airport as the married gay couple attempted to leave the country Tuesday evening.

Immigration Police Deputy spokesman Col Choengron Rimpadee said the two men admitted to baring their buttocks and posing for photos in front of the famous Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, The Bangkok Post reported.

“The tourists should have respect for “places of cultural, historical and religious importance because it is simply good manners,”  Choengron said.

Signs outside the temple explicitly asks visitors to wear modest clothing covering shoulders and knees.

Photographs of the gay couple exposing their backsides from their Twitter and Instagram accounts have since been removed.

Both tourists were charged with committing indecency in a place of worship.

As a result, the DaSilvas, who both remain in police custody, now face considerable jail time and a fine for the serious offense.

“The charge would not be a normal public indecency charge. Instead, they would be charged with committing indecency in a place of worship, which carries a long jail term, this is a reminder that everyone should have respect for Thai religion and culture,” Thai government officials said in a statement.

Immigration police arrested two Americans at Don Mueang airport and said they confessed to posing for photos at the Temple of Dawn while showing their naked buttocks. (Immigration police photo)

According to The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez confirmed that the American citizens have contacted him for help and he is in contact with U.S. authorities.

“Though I am very disappointed in their actions, I am talking to U.S. government officials to see what assistance we can give them,” Ramirez said.

Apparently, It’s not the first time the couple has bared their backsides in public.

The self-proclaimed “travel junkies” previously posted “exposed photos” on an Instagram account called Travelling_Buttt, which has since been taken down.

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