Corralling Bali's "Kuta Cowboys".
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Bali's "Kuta Cowboys" get unwanted attention
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. Bali draws plenty of older women seeking romance (see: Elizabeth Gilbert
), and more often than not
, they end up in the arms of "Kuta Cowboys
" - tanned, muscled, swaggering
local men who offer no-strings-attached intimacy
to female tourists.
A recent documentary, Cowboys in Paradise
, recently put a spotlight on the "Kuta cowboy" phenomenon... but Balinese authorities aren't pleased with the publicity. Police have rounded up suspected cowboys
, and are considering legal action against the film's director
Amit Virmani, who has no idea where the vitriol is coming from.
"I’m surprised by the current outrage, with so many people denying that this happens in Bali," said Virmani in a recent interview
. "Even guide books talk about it. And if you’ve ever been to Bali but don’t know that this happens there, then you probably never got off the tour bus."