American woman to be deported from Bali following tweets promoting the island as a cheap and LGBT-friendly option for foreignershttps://t.co/1sFw5HF8rJ— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 20, 2021
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Kristen Gray sparked backlash following tweets on her "elevated lifestyle", promoting to foreigners to migrate to Bali during a pandemic, exploiting workarounds and not paying local taxes, while plugging a $30 e-book to her over 11k followers.
Indonesian authorities have since accused her of spreading information that could "unsettle" the public by encouraging digital nomads to move to Bali under legal loopholes while the southeast Asian country has strict policies in place surrounding public health and tourism in the pandemic. She is also accused of working without a business visa.
But Gray says she is being targeted because of her being LGBT.
Kristen and her girlfriend are being held at an immigration detention facility and will be deported as soon as a USA bound flight is available.
They are being banned from entering back into the country for at least 6 months.
The immigration has decided to deport Kristen Gray for violation of her immigration status, encouraging foreigners to move to Bali amid the pandemic and selling an e-book on how to do so. She's now being detained at the immigration office in Denpasar awaiting available flight.— Nuice Media (@nuicemedia) January 19, 2021
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