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Badung Regency in South Bali Sets Up Special Enforcement Unit to Handle Tourists Committing Crimes or Disturbing the Peace.

The Tourism Service for Bali’s Badung Regency recently called a gathering of tourism leaders in Bali to discuss the increasing instances of bad behavior and criminality by foreign tourists in Indonesia. At that meeting, the Provincial Chief of the Tourism Service, Nyoman Badra, announced the formation of a Special Enforcement Authority (Satgas) assigned specifically to handle reports of unruly Island visitors.

Nadra said, “Yes, we invited them (the tourism stakeholders) and gave them information regarding the many reports of aberrant behavior by tourists visiting the Badung Regency and Bali.” Quoted by Kompas.com, Badra cited incidents of foreign tourist climbing over temple structures; assault; robbery and similar outrages - all committed by foreign nationals.

Insisting that Bali is working to target quality tourist visitors, Badra said attention must be focused on how to achieve that goal and maintain Bali as an attractive destination for domestic and international visitors. To this end, a special Enforcement Authority (Satgas) has been established that will include immigration officials, State Prosecutors, and local police to help supervise the activities for foreign visitors.

The newly created Satgas will respond immediately to reports of tourists breaking the law or behaving outrageously. Badra said the law would be enforced and punishments handed down to act as a deterrent.

Badra urged tourist visitors to Bali to act in a courteous manner, following local customs and mores.

The meeting of tourism operators was convened shortly after an English Tourist named Emma Jane tried to disrobe on a public street in Kuta while screaming and throwing objects at passing vehicles.

Local officials said outrageous behavior was dramatically increasing in Bali. From a handful of cases in 2017 to one or two cases each month in 2018 to 2019, when such incidents occur on an almost weekly basis.

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