Consulate warns OFWs in HK against obscene, indecent online posts

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Philippine Consulate General in Admiralty


The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) this afternoon reminded overseas Filipino workers posting obscene or indecent photos or videos on social media is a crime in Hong Kong.

In a public advisory, the PCG said that those convicted face a fine of HK$1 million and imprisonment of up to three years.

“We posted this again to remind our kababayans that it’s a crime, and that law enforcers here are very strict about this,” said Consul Paul Saret, head of the PCG-Assistance to Nationals Section.

Saret said the PCG also released the public advisory after pictures of almost-nude Filipino women who reportedly joined a beauty contest spread online recently.

“Kasama na po yan. We would just like to inform again our compatriots that they might get caught and get arrested for posting these materials online,” he said.

The PCG noted that posting obscene materials online is punishable under the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO) of Hong Kong.

According to the ordinance, “a thing is obscene if by reason of obscenity it is not suitable to be published to any person; and a thing is indecent if by reason of indecency it is not suitable to be published to a juvenile.”

It added that obscenity and indecency include “violence, depravity and repulsiveness.”

Upon conviction, the posting or uploading of these photos or videos is punishable by a maximum fine of HK$1,000,000 and a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, the consulate said.

The Hong Kong authorities are strict with the enforcement of COIAO, it added.