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Instagram model charged in Turkey over images at Sex Museum in Amsterdam

Instagram model charged in Turkey over images at Sex Museum in Amsterdam

A social media influencer said she is being prosecuted under obscenity laws in her native Turkey for posting photos taken inside the world-famous Sex Museum in Amsterdam – including penis-shaped pasta and a “sexy bottle opener.”

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A social media influencer said she is being prosecuted under obscenity laws in her native Turkey for posting photos taken inside the world-famous Sex Museum in Amsterdam – including penis-shaped pasta and a “sexy bottle opener.”

Merve Taskin, 23, who has more than 580,000 followers on Instagram, shared images of sex toys she bought at the museum during a birthday trip to the Netherlands in January 2020, the BBC reported.

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She said she was later arrested by Turkish authorities and faces obscenity charges that can land her in the slammer for up to three years.

“My purpose was to make jokes,” the Istanbul belle told the news outlet.

Taskin said she decided to visit the museum when she visited the Dutch capital with two pals to celebrate her 22nd birthday.

Among the images she posted were snaps of penis-shaped pasta and a “sexy bottle opener,” which she deemed innocent enough – but Turkish authorities took offense and slapped her with the charges.

Human rights groups have said freedom of expression online has taken a hit under the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose critics say he is an autocratic leader who silences anyone who opposes him and his conservative values.

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Turkey “remains one of most challenging places in the European region to exercise one’s right to free speech and expression,” according to Freedom House, a nonprofit group that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights.

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