WARN­ING ON HOL­I­DAY VIBE

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SAUCY Brits who take sex toys on over­seas breaks have been warned they could be break­ing the law. Many hol­i­day hotspots ban adult love props, and tourists face big fines or even jail for pack­ing their toys, writes RICHARD BURNS.

Sex toys are il­le­gal in Thai­land, The Mal­dives, Malaysia, In­dia, Viet­nam, the Unites Arab Emi­rates and strict Saudi Ara­bia.

Now kinky de­vice mak­ers are warn­ing Bri­tish trav­ellers to check lo­cal laws be­fore pack­ing vi­bra­tors and other gad­gets.

They have warned that as well as fac­ing em­bar­rass­ing searches at cus­toms, hol­i­day­mak­ers could end up in trou­ble. In Thai­land, sex toys fall un­der the strict list of pro­hib­ited goods and are classed as “ob­scene items”.

In the Mal­dives they are even clas­si­fied as “porno­graphic ma­te­ri­als” and are pro­hib­ited.

And in In­dia the cen­tury-old sec­tion 292 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code says any book, draw­ing, fig­ure or ob­ject “shall be deemed to be ob­scene” if it fu­els “las­civ­i­ous or overtly sex­ual” thoughts and be­hav­iour. Ear­lier this year Ted An­dressen from New Or­leans was stopped at cus­toms when of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered a 12-inch sex toy in his carry-on lug­gage.

His dad had packed it as a prac­ti­cal joke and the video of the prank – and his son’s hu­mil­i­a­tion when it was found by of­fi­cials – went vi­ral.

A spokesman for the sex toy re­tailer Car­vaka said: “For travel to those coun­tries that don’t have sex toy bans, we do still rec­om­mend to dis­creetly pack adult toys, plac­ing them into checked lug­gage where pos­si­ble.” from

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