So far two have been caught and Sanya police are on the lookout for more.
Officials in the resort city are hard at work eradicating an outbreak of nude sunbathers and skinny-dippers.
They’re determined to stamp out the exposure but one expert says most of the naked beachgoers are psoriasis patients seeking relief from the incurable skin disease and they should be given their place in the sun, according to China Daily.
The report says police have stepped up beach patrols, taken pictures of violators and installed high-definition surveillance cameras to spot people breaking the nude bathing ban that has been in place since Feb 8. Anybody going against the official tide faces up to 10 days in detention.
But, Renmin University sociologist Zhou Xiaozheng was quoted as saying that most nude sunbathers in Sanya are afflicted with psoriasis and the full-body exposure is part of their medical treatment.
Dermatologists say sunshine and seawater can relieve the pain of the condition.
Sanya Mayor Wang Yong said dozens of psoriasis patients started flocking to the city to sunbathe nude in 2002 but he didn’t think Sanya was the place for the hundreds now heading south to bare their essentials.
Wang described the nude activities as uncivilized behavior that may disturb other beachgoers.
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