Men use mobile phones to take snapshots of girls in bikinis at Sentosa

Men use mobile phones to take snapshots of girls in bikinis at Sentosa

SINGAPORE - She was sitting with her friends at Sentosa's Siloso Beach, anticipating a relaxing Saturday by the sea.

The group of nine young girls had put on their bikinis and spread their towels by the beach, enjoying the afternoon sun as families whizzed by on bicycles and gathered around picnic mats.

But these girls, aged between 16 and 18, soon became the centre of unwanted attraction.

Crystal (not her real name) said they soon caught the attention of a group of men, who appeared to be South Asians.

She said these men had already gathered at the beach when they arrived.

But after the girls changed into their bikinis at around 1.30pm, Crystal said the men came closer, took out their mobile phones and starting snapping pictures of them in their bikinis.

"It was a bizarre situation to be in and, to be honest, all of us were very frightened when it happened," said the 18-year-old, who is a student at an international school.

"I felt really disappointed really, we just wanted to enjoy the holiday," she told The New Paper of the incident that happened last Saturday, the second day of the Chinese New Year.

The frightening experience also left her wondering: Should such voyeurism be condoned, especially when it is done so blatantly? Crystal said the group did the best they could to drive the men away.

One of her friends even angrily told them to stop taking pictures.

But they were ignored and the men kept on snapping.

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