40 models who posed naked on Dubai balcony arrested & ‘could be jailed for two years’
6 Apr 2021
A group of 40 Ukrainian models face up to 2 years in a Dubai jail after posing naked on a balcony in Dubai.
The salacious daylight shoot has landed more than a dozen models who took part in the scenes offences that could see them incarcerated. The violations include outraging public decency and debauchery as well as crimes under the UAE’s strict cybercrime laws which prohibit the sharing of pornographic or offensive material.
All of the models are understood to be from the ex-Soviet Union including Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova however there has been speculation that the women were involved in a shoot for an Israeli version of an unidentified US adult website.
Director and Founder of Detained in Dubai, Radha Stirling, told reporters: “Initially we were being told that it was the Israeli branch of a US adult website and now we are hearing that it’s an Israeli porn channel. It’s a pretty brazen and severe crime to stand out there on the balcony where everyone could see them and people on other balconies could film them for footage which has gone viral,”
“People are very upset about it, the ex-pat communities are upset, including the British nationals.They think what these people were trying to do was quite vile, knowing full well the laws in relation to exposure are strict in the UAE,”
“People have been arrested for wearing T-shirts deemed to be offensive yet they were out there in plain sight of the rest of the buildings,”
“If it turns out to be an Israeli porn company and the embassy of Israel is involved, then they might do a deal of some sort but if went straight down the line they could face having to pay several hundred thousand dirham in fines and a couple of years in prison.”
“Simply sharing the video in a private message or on WhatsApp will have made them liable to prosecution. Even if they are ultimately found innocent, the courts are very delayed so they could be waiting for days, weeks or even months just to put their case,” Ms Stirling said also adding that, “On the surface, it seems like a modern party place but once a complaint is made it’s taken very seriously”.
A statement from Dubai police read: “Such unacceptable behaviours do not reflect the values and ethics of Emirati society.”