The Ngurah Rai Immigration Office has arrested 15 foreigners for violating immigration regulations by conducting a photo shoot in a villa in Canggu, Badung, Bali.
Customs and excise officers shows foreign passports at the Bali Immigration Office in Denpasar – Photo: Tribun Bali/Rizal Fanany
The 15 foreigners, consisting of 11 Americans and four Canadians, were arrested while doing the photo shoot.
“They conducted a photo shoot on Bali without a working permit. They just used tourist visas when entering the island,” Ngurah Rai immigration official Mohamad Soleh told a press conference on Tuesday.
Soleh said that the foreigners were participants in a photo shoot event called Paradise Challenge, which was being held on Bali.
The arrested foreigners were organizers of the photo shoot, seven models, two photographers, a lighting engineer, a hairdresser and make-up artists.
The models were identified as Americans Candace Marie Dexheimer, Veronica Gonzalez, Jennifer Lauren Summers, Jessica Rose Jones, Cassandra Cody Sienega and Pashence Marie Cannon and Canadian Holly Wolf. The two photographers were Americans Sultan Yousef Ghahtani and Gary Edward Miller.
The immigration official also arrested the organizers: a manager of the event, Luis Munoz, marketing officer Ronald Hansen and sales staff Mariel Dulgicer — all Americans — as well as Canadian hairdresser Dina Morel, make-up artist Aurelie Elisabeth Renout and a lighting expert Chloe Terae Thomson.
Soleh said that the immigration team had conducted an undercover operation for three days from April 8 to 10. The team, he said, found that the foreigners conducted photo shoots in several other area, besides in the villa in Canggu.
“They had also conduct photo shoots in the Bali Zoo, in Tabanan and in a hotel area in Seminyak,” Soleh explained.
The immigration office had filmed video of their activities as evidence, he said
After the three-day undercover mission, on the night of April 10 the immigration team conducted an inspection of the villa in which the foreigners were staying in Canggu, North Kuta.
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Source: thejakartapost.com / Ni Komang Erviani