MODELS arrested over a naked photoshoot in Dubai are to be DEPORTED after fears they could be jailed for six years for the stunt.
Viral footage shows more than a dozen bare women posing for snaps in broad daylight on a balcony of an apartment in the city's upscale Marina neighbourhood.
Authorities in Dubai have now confirmed those involved will be deported after the incident prompted a crackdown in the Gulf Arab sheikhdom.
At least 11 Ukrainian women along with a male Russian photographer were detained by cops on charges of public debauchery and producing pornography.
The images and clips of the women tore rapidly through social media following the stunt on Saturday – sending shockwaves through the emirate where a legal code based on Islamic law, or Shariah, has landed foreigners in jail for tamer offences.
After speedy investigation, Dubai's Attorney General Essam Issa al-Humaidan announced that those behind the photo shoot would be sent back to their countries, without elaborating further.
Dubai police have declined to identify those detained.
The swift deportation is rare for the legal system in Dubai, an absolutely ruled sheikhdom.
Such cases typically go to trial or are otherwise adjudicated before deportation.
The public prosecutor ordered the deportation of the accused for their behavior contrary to public morals, al-Humaidan said, adding that the group of women had been charged with violating the country's public decency law.
Dubai is a top destination for the worlds Instagram influencers and models, who fill their social media feeds with slick bikini-clad selfies from the coastal emirates luxury hotels and artificial islands.
But the city's brand as a glitzy foreign tourist destination has at times provoked controversy and collided with the sheikhdoms strict rules governing public behavior and expression.
UAE strict public decency laws
The UAE’s public decency laws, which cover nudity and other ‘lewd behaviour’, carry penalties of up to six months in prison and a 5,000 dirham (£983) fine.
The sharing of pornographic material is also punishable with prison time and a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams under the country's laws, which are based on Islamic law, or Shariah.
The pictures came as a shock in the federation of seven Arab sheikhdoms, where tamer behaviour – like kissing in public or drinking alcohol without a licence – has landed people in jail.
Any person who lives in or visits the UAE is subject to its laws and there are no exceptions for tourists.
2017, a British woman was sentenced to one year in prison for having consensual sex with a man she wasn't married to.
One of the models, from Ukraine, has been revealed as a lawyer.
The family of Yana Graboshchuk, 27, say they thought she was on holiday and her involvement in the shoot came as a shock to them.
She has been identified through her distinctive tattoo which matches her social media pictures – though it's unclear if Yana is among those detained.
Yana’s brother Taras, 20, said family had no idea why she was visiting the city and were “shocked” when they found out what she had been up to in Dubai.
“She went on holiday, and then I don't know what came next," he said.
“Yes, she had planned a photo shoot there… But I had no more information about it.”
Yana is a law graduate who was unable to find a job in her chosen field worked as a café, the MailOnline reports.
She worked as a waitress, a hostess at a restaurant and then a brewery before starting as a model a year or so ago.
Yana showed her friends and family pictures of her breakfasts, swimming pools dips, and sports cars on her trip to Dubai.
She had explained that ahead of her detention she had to change hotels for the third time in three days “but I like that”.
Videos and photographs showing the naked women, lined up on a balcony while being filmed, began circulating on social media on Saturday evening.
Pictures show the models lined up inside the apartment, in the city's upmarket Marina neighbourhood.
They are also seen from inside posing on the balcony in full view of the city.
As well as jail, those involved face fine of around £1,000 for violating public decency laws in the United Arab Emirates.
All of the models are understood to be from the ex-Soviet Union including Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
There has been speculation that the women were involved in a shoot for an Israeli version of an unidentified US adult website.
The man has also been detained and named as Moscow media as Alexey Kontsov, 33, and it’s understood organised the shoot.
Stanislav Voskresensky, the governor of Ivanovo, has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russia’s ambassador to the UAE to offer him their support.
“We don’t abandon our own,” Voskresensky wrote on social media.
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