An OnlyFans model has been imprisoned after posting nude photos on the popular adult site. Nang Mwe San was sentenced to six years behind bars for her offense.
Nang is a former doctor, and she was convicted by a military court. She was found guilty of "harming culture and dignity" after posting "sexually explicit" videos and photos on the internet for a fee.
What the model did is a crime under Myanmar's Electronics Transactions Law.
According to many, the conviction was influenced by politics since the 34-year-old previously took part in protests against the military junta.
It is believed that Nang is the first person in the country and possibly the world who has been imprisoned for their OnlyFans content.
Nang was arrested on August 5 on charges of tarnishing Burmese culture for sharing "suggestive photos and videos on a foreign website for a fee."
On the evening she was arrested, junta-controlled media claimed that the military council said that both Nang and Thinzar Wint Kyaw were charged.
Thinzar also attended protests against the junta and shared sexually provocative images and videos online.
Nang was staying in a part of Myanmar that is under martial law. She was not allowed to get a lawyer and was put through a closed trial in a military court.
Nang is also the first person to get convicted under the Electronic Communications Act.
Legal experts and human rights activists have unequivocally criticized the decision to send her to prison.
A human rights adviser to the country's National Unity Government, Aung Kyaw Moe, told the media the prosecution was a "gross human rights and women rights violation." Aung also said that Nang was intentionally targeted.
National Unity Government is a shadow government consisting of ousted lawmakers. It was formed in February 2021 following the military coup.
Aung claimed that Nang was the first celebrity to publicly seek justice for the Rohingya after the coup. He pointed out that if the model could not sell her photos, "no other woman is free to exercise their rights."
He called on the international community to hold the junta responsible and protect Myanmar's women and girls.
On OnlyFans, Nang has a total of 347 images and 74 videos. She previously revealed that she had made over $20,000 in three months through the platform.
At the time, she also claimed that women should not be made to feel bad about their actions. She felt that she was promoting the country and getting it international recognition.
A lawyer who spoke to the media admitted that the ruling was "unjust." The lawyer, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that the act used to convict the model is "too vague" in its definition of what would be considered harmful to the country's culture.
The lawyer feels that there is an ulterior motive behind the conviction. He claimed that jailing the model was just an excuse for some hidden agenda.
There was a coup d'etat on February 1, 2021, that resulted in the Aung San Suu Kyi's government getting overturned by the Myanmar military.
The model joined thousands of Burmese citizens protesting against the change in leadership. She also posted social media comments criticizing the junta's harsh reaction to the protesters.
Nang was threatened with arrest for defaming the state, and she decided to hide. Eventually, she signed a bond with the authorities to return to her Dagon Myothit home.
She was then put under arrest on August 5.
However, she was not the only person recently sentenced by the military.
A freelance producer for the BBC, Htet Htet Khine was convicted on September 15. She was accused of communicating with an outlawed pro-democracy radio program.
Her sentence was increased by three years to a total of six years of hard labor. She was convicted under laws that make it a crime to spread fear or "false news" about the military.
Sean Turnell, an Australian economist, was sentenced to three years imprisonment a few days later. He was accused of violating the state secrets law.
Like Nang, he was tried behind closed doors in a military court.
There have been a lot of politically-motivated prosecutions since the country's government was overturned by the military.
So far, more than 15,6000 have been put under arrest since the military took over. They include lawmakers, journalists, activists, and celebrities.
This information was released by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Burmese advocacy that keeps track of arrests.
At least 117 of these people have received a death sentence. Executions have been conducted for the first time in the country since the 1980s when two prominent political prisoners were executed by hanging.
Over 12,500 people are currently in detention.