A social media influencer said she was being prosecuted under obscenity laws in her native Turkey for posting photos taken inside Amsterdam’s famous Sex Museum, including penis-shaped pasta and a “sexy bottle opener”.
She said she was later arrested by Turkish authorities and faces charges of obscenity which can lead to her in prison for up to three years.
“My goal was to make jokes,” the Istanbul beauty told the media.
Taskin said she decided to visit the museum when she visited the Dutch capital with two friends to celebrate her 22nd birthday.sd birthday.
Among the images she posted were penis-shaped pasta snaps and a “sexy bottle opener”, which she deemed quite innocent – but the Turkish authorities took offense and slapped her on the face. with the charges.
Taskin was summoned to appear in court on October 26 for allegedly violating Article 226 of the Turkish Penal Code relating to obscenity.
The director of the Sex Museum, Monique van Marle, told the BBC the situation was “absolutely ridiculous”.
She said her institution texted Taskin to say she was “sorry to hear about the issues you find yourself in” and called her “a great role model for other women.”
â€œOur museum is intended to educate people around the world on the history of sex. We admire you for expressing yourself and posting such images, â€the post read.
The Turkish Embassy in London did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.
Human rights groups have said freedom of expression online has been affected under the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose critics say he is an autocratic leader who silences all those who oppose him. him and his conservative values.
Turkey “remains one of the most difficult places in the European region to exercise its right to freedom of speech and expression,” according to Freedom House, a nonprofit group that conducts research and advocacy on the issue. democracy, political freedom and human rights.