Vietnam looks to double fines on skin show in public

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People running in skimpy clothes on a Ho Chi Minh City street. The Ministry of Public Security has drafted a decree that doubles fines for wearing "underclothes" or being naked in certain public places. PHOTO: DOC LAP 

The Ministry of Public Security has introduced a draft decree that double fines for people appearing in "undergarments" or without clothes in public places.

Any unseemly skin show is considered immoral and offensive in what is a conservative country.

The decree, pending public opinion, proposes fines of VND100,000-200,000 (US$4.8-9.6) for offenders.

If approved, it will take effect in July, superseding a 2010 decree, which stipulated fines of only VND60,000-100,000.

The draft also envisages doubling the fines on people swearing in public places also to VND100,000-200,000.

Exposure is also frowned upon in art performances, and many celebrities have been pulled up recently.

Last year several women artists were fined: model Vo Hoang Yen and singer Thu Minh had to cough up VND3.5 million each and model Thai Ha paid VND5 million. The organizers of their shows were also warned or fined.

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Last month the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism slapped fines of VND35 million on Venus Modeling Company, the organizer of the annual high-profile Leggy Night fashion show, for a lingerie show that featured women models parading in underclothes and adverts for a liquor company.

The authorities said the lingerie display was "inappropriate" and are also considering penalties for the models.

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