An influencer is being taken to court and could end up in jail for breaking her country's strict obscenity laws after sharing some of her OnlyFans content on Instagram, causing outrage.
The legal troubles come after she was already given a five-month suspended sentence last year for taking photos in Amsterdam's Sex Museum, which the authorities deemed "obscene" when she returned home to Turkey.
And now Merve Taskin, who boasts over 576,000 followers on Instagram, has said on Twitter: "I have court on 12th January.
"A court decision was taken in the name of obscenity because of the normal OnlyFans photos I used and shared on my Instagram account. Congrats to those who reacted, you've reached your goal." This time the stakes are high for her as she could end up in jail if she is found to have breached Turkey's obscenity laws.
"If I go to jail on January 12, those who use social media can say goodbye to their freedom because of course, your sharing will be considered an obscene crime in our country (because it's an open-ended subject) and you will be judged like me," she wrote on Twitter. "I'm still using my OnlyFans account and I don't have any thoughts of closing it."
Influencer previously charged over racy snaps
Ms Taskin was in court in December last year over racy snaps she took at Amsterdam's Sex Museum and in the Red Light District while she was on a trip to the Dutch capital to celebrate her 22nd birthday in January 2020.
These images show her hugging a giant penis statue, and another photo is made to look as if she is standing naked behind a door window. She was arrested on "obscenity charges" in the north-western Turkish city of Canakkale three months later, and the offending snaps have since been expunged from her social media page.
According to Turkish law, people who publish "obscene" material can receive a prison sentence of up to three years. A court initially sentenced Ms Taskin, now 23, to six months in prison. However, it was reduced to five months due to good conduct, and then later suspended.
The influencer took to Instagram to write: "The prosecution office gave its opinion to our detriment.
"Against the opinion, we stated that, in general, my posts are within the limits of freedom of expression, that there is no precedent in the world, and that this concrete situation does not mean that our investigation authority is conducting an investigation that will set an example to the world, but that it shows how far behind the world we are in terms of freedom of expression.
"However, the court would not agree with us, so it sentenced me to 5 months in prison. Despite all this, the relatively good news is that hagb (postponement of the announcement of the provision) was applied in this judgment that was set against me.
"In the current situation, if I do not deliberately commit a crime within 5 years, the provision will be annulled with all its consequences."
At the time of the incident, Sex Museum director Monique van Marle told reporters she wrote to Ms Taskin, telling her: "Our museum is intended to educate people all around the world about the history of sex. We admire you for expressing yourself and posting such pictures."
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