The weekend is almost here and the 2012 Spring Scream (April 4-8) is about reach its peak. Many lucky attendees have already had two days of music and fun, and a total over 200,000 people are expected to visit by the end of this weekend. However, as the music event becomes more and more popular every year, so do the sex and drugs that come hand in hand with large music festivals. That’s why, this year, the local gov is doing all it can to keep the event safe.
According to the China Post, the local authorities in Kenting are working hard to crack down on drugs and dealers, while at the same time handing out 1000s of free condoms to any interested attendees.
Although Taiwan’s police force is always working hard to prevent drugs from entering the country, the main concern down south is in regards to new, potentially deadly drugs that dealers are creating specifically for these events. The police are hoping that attendees will stay away from these drugs and report any dealer that comes their way.
While drugs are, and have always been a concern for the police this time of year, they are possibly even more worried about unprotected sex. With excitement, music, and lack of parental guidance, many young Taiwanese and foreigners alike will try to get their smush on during their time at the concert. Therefore, the authorities are making sure everyone is well-prepared by handing out free condoms (a very intelligent stance if you ask us). According to them, a lot more young (and uninformed?) people have been infected by HIV the last two years, with the infection rate rising 15.4% in 2011. Police are working hard to stop the spread and suggest that everybody snags a condom or two, just in case.
Whatever your stance is on these issues, let’s all at least remember to preserve the island we love by keeping the beaches (and sex) clean, as well as respecting the scenery and Kenting locals who live down there all year round, not just for a week of fun.