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Nude photo club strikes in Taipei Metro

2014/09/09 15:05:46

On a Taipei Metro carriage. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) A group that gets its thrills by shooting nude photos in public places and posting them online struck again Monday at a Taipei Metro station and on a Taipei Metro carriage, local media reported on Tuesday.

The photos of a naked woman were taken at the Xianse Temple Station on the Xinzhuang Line and posted on the nude photo fans' online forum BeautyCLUB, which was set up three years ago and now has 4,000 registered members, the Apple Daily reported.

Fans on the website praised the photos, which won a contest on the site for best nude photos taken in a public transportation venue.

The paper, which estimated that there are 100,000 nude photo shooting seekers in Taiwan, cited the group as saying its next targets for naked snaps include Taiwan's high-speed railway, airliners and classrooms where classes are actually in session.

According to police, shooting nude photos in public places is against the law, and people who expose their bodies in public or break good social norms can be fined up to NT$6,000.

Responding to the incident, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) said Taipei Metro regulations stipulate that passengers who disrupt public order or "act in a manner that obviously appears to be harmful to others" can be asked to leave or be escorted away by police.

The corporation said that in this case, however, it did not receive any reports of a woman posing nude for photos on its trains or platforms.

One of the fans on the BeautyCLUB website interviewed by the paper described shooting nude photos in public places as being difficult because you have to repeatedly check the venue, avoid numerous surveillance cameras and patrolling police, and then ensure the safety of the nude models.

Active classrooms have been rated as the most challenging venues for shooting nude photos, and no member of the club has yet succeeded in taking such photos in such an environment.

BeautyCLUB is open to registered members only and only those who have contributed naked photos of themselves or their partners can gain access to the part of the website where pictures posted by others can be viewed.

Previous posts have included nude photos of women posing on a freeway and in front of Taipei 101, a landmark in Taiwan's capital city.

(By Matthew Hsu)