Nang Mwe San is considered the most famous model from Myanmar, she appears at fashion shows, but the 34-year-old also earns part of her money with revealing photos on the erotic platform OnlyFans. There fans pay to see their pictures. However, Nang Mwe San's activities on the app have landed her in prison: A court in Myanmar has sentenced her to six years in prison for distributing nude photos for payment, the BBC reports. The verdict was just under the maximum sentence of seven years.
Nang Mwe San was arrested by the junta in early August in the wake of the military coup in the Southeast Asian country. The model is said to be the first person from Myanmar to be convicted for content on OnlyFans. But it is likely that the verdict also had a political background: Nang Mwe San took part in demonstrations against the military rulers last year.
The 33-year-old initially worked as a doctor before dedicating herself to her modeling career. Because of her erotic photos, her license to practice medicine was revoked in 2019, which Nang Mwe San described as a violation of her human rights. After the military coup in Myanmar, martial law still applies in her hometown of Yangon. Like many other political prisoners, the model had to face charges without a defense attorney, reports the BBC. Her mother was allowed to have contact with her after her imprisonment, but only found out about the verdict from the media.
In February 2021, the military in Myanmar overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. The former head of government was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison in several trials and is in solitary confinement. It is estimated that more than 15,600 people have been arrested for political reasons since the military coup in Myanmar.
Source: BBC / "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung"