Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. Photo: Asia Times

The Philippine Consulate General has reminded Filipino workers not to post any obscene or indecent photos or videos on social media as it is a crime in Hong Kong.

In a public advisory posted on Facebook on Sunday, the Consulate pointed out that anyone convicted of posting obscene images could face a fine of up to HK$1 million (US$12,785) and imprisonment of up to three years.

Consul Paul Saret, the head of the Consulate General-Assistance to Nationals Section, said the Consulate released the advisory after pictures of almost-nude Filipino women who reportedly joined a beauty contest spread online recently, reported.

Saret said the Consulate posted the advisory again to remind Filipinos that it is a crime in Hong Kong to post or upload obscene material online and law enforcement was very strict about this.

According to the Control of Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance (COIAO) of Hong Kong, “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.”

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