KUTA - At least 28 man were arrested because they would have offered themselves as gigolo on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Female tourist would have benefited from their activities. The chief of security of Kuta Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island, has said this Tuesday.
The man are being interrogated and when it is proven that they are indeed involved in illegal business, they will be handed over to the police, said I Gusti Ngurah Tresna. The chocolate brown, muscled man would often approach foreign female tourists an care about them for the time they are on the island. The men would then get paid by the women for their services and possibly sex.
Reason for their arrest is the recently released documentary Cowbows in Paradise from Amit Virmani, that was released on the South Korea film festival last week. Pieces of the movie about gigolo's and their female 'victims' on Bali are a true hit on the internet at the moment. According to Tresna, the authorities do not want their sweet image of Bali to be disturbed by images of gigolo's.
The Indian director, who grew up in Indonesia, names the phenomenon of 'Kuta Cowboys' something that has been around for ages and is also a big public secret. He just wants to show the human side of these gigolo's with his movie. The director has already received a lot of hate-mail from people that say he made an anti-Indonesian movie. The film has not yet been officially released in Indonesia, but internet is never far away.