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    Hi Guys,

    I'm writing this anon due to the nature of my question. So, whats the deal with Adult films on board, are they frowned upon?
    Now, to make matters a little more, I guess difficult(?), I don't Bat for the same team as a lot of men (if ya know what I mean) what do you reckon the deal would be with me having that type of adult film? are there any countries I would have to be particularly careful? (I know UAE etc) I will obviously be taking specific security measures by encrypting my external HDD but do you think there is anything else i'd need to do?

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    The only issue would be taking stuff through customs in certain countries, even encrypted I would be very careful. In general the only places that I know where you have to be very careful are strict Islamic countries (much of the middle east, Mauretania and a few places in the far east).

    As far as being frowned upon onboard I don't think anyone will mind so long as you don't put the on the TV in the mess room, while most seafarers won't give a stuff about your sexuality discussing the specifics may make them feel uncomfortable and people from certain countries may be very anti.
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    • #3
      As Clanky says it depends where you are. As I recall Botleks (a shop in Europoort especially for seamen) actually used to sell porny movies although I'm not sure whether they sold gay ones.

      It's not just the ME you need to be careful in other places too. Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The USA all have restrictions or prohibitions on porn.

      I should imagine large chunks of Africa wouldn't be too happy either especially with gay porn given their general attitude to gays.
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      • #4
        I'll be extra careful if i were to go through an Islamic country!
        and unless I tell you, chances are you wouldn't know I was homosexual anyway. no one at college knows, and I've been here since Jan, so i think it's safe to say i'm pretty good at keeping it under-wraps hah!

        Thanks Clanky for clearing that up for me!

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        • #5
          Ukraine doesn't like them either. Usually if you go somewhere they don't like them it will be arrange to collect them all and seal them in bond store returning them afterwards.

          Beware some countries have a different definition than we do. Even an issue of nuts or family might count as 'gentleman's special interest material'.

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          • #6
            In the UAE they used to employ a man at the airport whose job was to censor page 3 of the Sun with a black felt tip pen before it could be sold there.
            io parlo morse

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            • #7
              I'd be careful if you ever go to Paraguay as well...

              http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-lgbt-somosgay
              io parlo morse

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              • #8
                Quick straw poll, how many of us have had their laptops or hard-drives/digital media 'searched' whilst going through customs? I never have. Pulled my bags to bits but never actively looked on my laptop.

                Unless you're fabulously camp going through a middle eastern airport OP I imagine you might get the usual bag search but no one will pull you aside with an ulterior motive.
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                • #9
                  I have witnessed customs checks at airports in the Middle East, so joining and signing off in certain countries is an issue. Otherwise once onboard you can place these items in the bond when entering certain countries (which if you are trying to keep a secret, you won't be able to much longer). Also, certain hardcore material is banned in Western countries and the UK and Australia are both countries known for checking seafarers laptops.
                  With regards your persuasion, it's unlikely you will be able to keep it secret onboard, but most people these days have no issues, many ships seem to have at least one person in similar circumstances (surprising how many Captains I've come across recently..)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by YoungMariner View Post
                    With regards your persuasion, it's unlikely you will be able to keep it secret onboard,
                    I've managed to "keep it secret" for the past 58 years, 10 of those at sea. I suspect Mr Unregistered is much the same as me.
                    io parlo morse

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by endure View Post
                      I've managed to "keep it secret" for the past 58 years, 10 of those at sea. I suspect Mr Unregistered is much the same as me.
                      Perhaps, but people are more open now, and often when it is kept secret people are just polite enough not to ask.
                      I really think it's a none issue either way, whatever decision.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by YoungMariner View Post
                        Perhaps, but people are more open now, and often when it is kept secret people are just polite enough not to ask.
                        I really think it's a none issue either way, whatever decision.
                        It's still wise to be wary. Even nowadays you're not sure of what reaction you're going to get when someone finds out. A smack in the chops is not out of the question.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Snowy View Post
                          Quick straw poll, how many of us have had their laptops or hard-drives/digital media 'searched' whilst going through customs? I never have. Pulled my bags to bits but never actively looked on my laptop.
                          Never carried a laptop or HDD, but have never had my phone checked for content. Having said that I have had some pretty thorough searches including a strip search leaving Heathrow, and in Ecuador I was taken airside from the boarding gate by security personnel and made to open my bag surrounded by ten guys with dogs and machine guns. In neither case was I carrying anything dodgy but it was a reminder that you don't want to risk messing with customs, ever.

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                          • #14
                            I have had customs in both UAE and Saudi look through my laptop and external HDD, but in both cases I could have had stuff hidden that they would not have found (even without encryption). They pretty much went to my documents, my pictures and a quick flick through each folder on my HDD.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by endure View Post
                              It's still wise to be wary. Even nowadays you're not sure of what reaction you're going to get when someone finds out. A smack in the chops is not out of the question.
                              Within mainland UK? That is pretty horrifying if so.
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