Two men in Indonesia face charges – one for masturbating in his car, the other for filming it

PHOTO: An Indonesian man learned that if you're going to masturbate in your car, close the sunroof.

An incident in Indonesia may be a case of “snitches get stitches.” After filming and turning in a man caught masturbating in public in his car, the man who took the video may face pornography charges. Indonesia is not exactly known for its liberal stance on sex and morality and both the masturbator and his Peeping Tom videographer are facing serious legal repercussions.

It all started when a man in Setiabudi, South Jakarta took his boss for a drive to run some errands. Parked under a pedestrian bridge in his Mitsubishi Pajero and waiting for his boss, the man found himself with some time on his hands.

With his wife being nine months pregnant and having a bit of “me time” available, he decided that a quick wank was just what he needed to pass the time and began masturbating in the car.

But it turns out the location was not ideal for some self-exploration, as his private time was anything but private. A passerby on the walking bridge above glanced down through the car’s open sunroof and was treated to scenes from the driver’s one-man show.

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The video evidence of his crime went viral after being uploaded. While bosses often grant employees autonomy in their personal lives, this particular employee maybe crossed a line by conducting a business meeting in a vehicle that his boss was being chauffeured in.

After viewing the online video of the staff member handling his member, he turned the employee in to the local Setiabudi Precinct.

While masturbation is often to antidote to the pregnancy warning mantra of “a moment of pleasure; a lifetime of regret,” it might be even more accurately applied in this situation. With Indonesia’s harsh laws about sex, he may be facing up to 20 years in prison.

But the woe from this solo show may not end there. The person who filmed the man fiddling with his bits is now being investigated by the police and may face charges of violating the Information and Electronic Transactions Act.

That act has been slammed for being used as a tool for oppression frequently. It is a harsh but controversially vague law that covers defamation, slander, and immorality including pornography.

Prosecutors may use that act along with the Anti-Pornography Law in Indonesia to sentence the person who took the viral video to up to six years in prison.

So next time you’re on a Sunday drive and consider taking your stickshift into manual overdrive, consider the unintended pain and consequences that you could bring to yourself and others by masturbating in the car.

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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