Here’s what Bali’s digital nomads think of new law banning sex before marriage

Indonesia’s new ban on extramarital sex has sent shockwaves through its digital nomad community.

On Tuesday, Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code banning sex outside of marriage, prohibiting unmarried couples from living together, and criminalising adultery.

The laws – which take effect in three years – will apply to locals and tourists alike, with a punishment of up to one year in prison.

Indonesia has long been the destination of choice for digital nomads – those who take advantage of remote working to head to another country.

The community has had mixed reactions to the new laws.

While some fear an “assault on bodily autonomy,” others accuse the media of sensationalising the story.


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