Instagram model, 23, facing prison over photos at Amsterdam sex museum

A 23-year-old Instagram model faces up to three years in prison after posting photos from a birthday trip to a sex museum in Amsterdam on social media.

Merve Taskin is now facing prosecution under Turkey’s obscenity law, which makes it a crime to publish material that is deemed offensive on the internet.

Anyone found guilty under Article 226 of Turkey’s penal code can be sentenced to up to three years in prison.

The model snapped the photos, which included paintings and various penis-shaped paraphernalia which was on display at the museum, then posted the images for her more than 580,000 followers on Instagram in January 2020.

The pictures included penis-shaped pasta and a "sexy bottle opener".

"My purpose was to make jokes," Ms Taskin told BBC News.

But the young Turkish woman was arrested in Istanbul a few months after she returned to her home country.

She told the Het Parool newspaper in the Netherlands: "I then made a statement to the police. I thought it was over, but months later I was arrested again.

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"This was during my summer vacation in Çanakkale, when I was in a hotel. I was then detained overnight and I then explained the posts to the prosecutor. He then said I was free.”

But the influencer says she has now been told to appear in court in Istanbul on October 26 to face an obscenity charge.

Since receiving the court summons, Ms Taskin says she has deleted many tweets "so they wouldn't complain again".

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Ms Taskin said she was afraid to testify in court but will do so willingly.

Merve said: "I don’t want to go to jail for a photo I shared in the sex museum in Amsterdam."

The Sex Museum has slammed the charge against Ms Taskin, calling it "absolutely ridiculous".

"This is such a sad situation," the museum wrote in a post on Instagram.

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Museum director Monique van Marle told the BBC she had reached out to Ms Taskin to offer her support.

Van Marle says she told Ms Taskin that she was "sorry to hear about the trouble" and that Ms Taskin is a "great role model to other women".

"Our museum is intended to educate people all around the world about the history of sex," van Marle told Ms Taskin.

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"We admire you for expressing yourself and posting such pictures."

Human rights groups have previously raised concerns about censorship laws in Turkey following a number of social media crackdowns dating back as far as 2016.

Freedom House says Turkey "remains one of most challenging places in the European region to exercise one's right to free speech and expression".

It adds that journalists, activists, and opposition figures face "widespread persecution for criticising the government".

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