Ye Haiyan, a well known blogger and sex-worker activist, was detained over the weekend in Wuhan, Hubei province after she’d published a nude picture of herself on her Weibo account, The Global Times reports, citing an official police notice.
The notice said that Ye was being detained for 10 days for “intentionally displaying nudity in a public place.”
Police reportedly arrived at the activist’s home on Friday and confiscated her computer and mobile phone before taking her into custody.
A Beijing-based lawyer who’s friends with Ye told The Global Times on Sunday that she uploaded the photo to call attention to China’s record on women’s rights, a subject that was discussed by the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Geneva on October 23.
The nude photo has since been deleted.
Ye came into the spotlight back in 2005, when she’d posted nude photos of herself online.
She has since been at the forefront of a number of controversies, including the time she became a prostitute for a day to speak up on behalf of sex workers and the time she was jailed for chasing off intruders with a meat cleaver.