Canadian man deported from Indonesia over ‘disrespectful’ tantric orgasm event

The Canadian national departed from Indonesia on a 1am flight last night. Screengrabs: Youtube and Eventbrite
The Canadian national departed from Indonesia on a 1am flight last night. Screengrabs: Youtube and Eventbrite

A Canadian national held responsible for a “tantric full body orgasm” session planned for last Saturday has been deported from Indonesia, after officials deemed the event “disrespectful” to local customs. 

Head of the Bali office for the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Jamaruli Manihuruk said at a press conference yesterday that the offender, identified by his initials CKM, had been staying in Indonesia on a visitor permit. 

The event, which was initially posted on Eventbrite, was scheduled for May 8 from 10am to 6pm, with participants charged €20 (US$24) to attend. The event page hinted on an intensive sexual education to reach “orgasmic awakening,” highlighting how “your brain focuses on cumming – not your body,” and said participants will be able to take their orgasms to “a deep level.”

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CKM told immigration authorities that the event itself did not involve sex, noting its difference with genital orgasm and emphasis on breathing techniques. In addition, the event was reportedly planned a while ago but he’d forgotten to take it down. CKM is not a certified yoga instructor, nor does he carry a permit to work in Indonesia, Jamaruli said. 

“This yoga event is very much in contradiction with Indonesian culture, especially culture in Bali which closely holds traditions and religious norms,” Jamaruli said. 

As such, officials deemed that CKM has violated the 2011 Immigration Law, which sanctions those who are deemed to have disturbed public order or disrespected and disobeyed local regulations. The 38-year-old was then subjected to deportation and placed in Indonesia’s immigration blacklist.

Jamaruli said that more than 150 foreign nationals have been involved in immigration cases since 2020, a number of which have garnered public attention and went viral.

“As a tourism destination Bali welcomes world travelers … but the tourists that we receive are dignified tourists who are respectful of the laws in Indonesia and the community values in Bali,” Bali Governor Wayan Koster said. 

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