Oral sex on MRT sparks Web furor

COVER BLOWN::Following the posting of a picture of the act on a Facebook page , Kaohsiung police tracked down the suspects, 20-year-old and 18-year-old students

By Huang Chien-hua and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 - Page 5

A male and a female student have been accused of committing public indecency, after the latter allegedly performed fellatio on her boyfriend on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) System, police in Greater Kaohsiung said on Tuesday.

The incident came to light on Monday when a costume artist from Hong Kong called Soie posted on her Facebook page photographs of a female, covered by a jacket, bent over the lap of a man on the MRT in Kaohsiung.

Soie said in her post that the action – while in and of itself not suggesting anything indecent – was highly suggestive and was borderline for public decency.

Following up, Kaohisung MRT police tracked down the suspects, a 20-year-old male college student from Hsinchu and a 18-year-old female student from the south.

Police said the female student said that the two were friends who met on the Internet.

Police said the woman denied there had been any monetary transaction and that she was not forced to perform any act by the young man, adding that she was simply naive and did not know what they had done was illegal.

“It was just for fun and I regret it very much,” she was quoted by the police as saying, adding that it had not passed her mind that another passenger might record the scene.

Police officers also traveled to Hsinchu to question the male student, whose account of the incident matched that of the female student.

Meanwhile, Kaohsiung MRT public relations division chief Ho Hsin (賀新) said it was regrettable that the incident had caused passengers to have a bad experience and that the image of the MRT had been tarnished.

“We would like to call on passengers to respect the laws and regulations while using public transportation,” Ho said.

Additional reporting by Huang Hsu-lei and Yang Ching-ching