A retired Swiss-German couple have been arrested for allegedly having group sex at the Melezza river in canton Ticino, in what locals say is becoming a plague of elderly al-fresco friskiness.

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Old people’s Swiss sex romps shock anglers

A retired Swiss-German couple have been arrested for allegedly having group sex at the Melezza river in canton Ticino, in what locals say is becoming a plague of elderly al-fresco friskiness.

Melezza is now known as “the hottest river in Switzerland,“ according to Blick newspaper. The river in Centovalli in Ticino, in Italian-speaking Switzerland, is a mecca for naturists and swingers from the German-speaking areas of the country.

“We only massaged each other’s feet“, the couple from Canton Aargau said in protest. But a fisherman at the river saw a threesome with another man taking place.

The fisherman from the nearby village of Cavigliano told La Regione newspaper: 

“It was about six o’ clock in the evening. I had just thrown out my fishing rod, then I heard something behind me in the bushes. I turned around and saw a naked person masturbating. I called the peeping Tom names and disgustedly continued fishing. But then it got even worse. On a rock, two men were enjoying themselves with a woman. The man in the bush had been watching them.“

The police were alerted by the fisherman and in minutes two officials arrived on the scene. The voyeur and one of the men escaped. The married couple, a man (70) and his wife (69), both tourists from the canton Aargau, were arrested in their car.

The river especially attracts tourists from German-speaking Switzerland and Germany who canoodle on the rocks. The local community is trying to defend themselves against the nudists by erecting signs warning off amorous couples and making regular citizen patrols of the area.

The Swiss-German couple are not the first pensioners who have shocked the paradise of Centovalli. 

“For decades we are very tolerant of nudists, said the mayor of Centovalli, Giorgo Pellanda (60), “but such exhibitionism is illegal. It damages the image of our valley and disturbs families. Swiss-German nudists are increasingly brazen.

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Swiss public broadcaster refuses to air advert for sex toys advent calendar

Swiss public broadcaster SRF has denied an advertising slot to a company selling an advent calendar with sex toys.

Swiss public broadcaster refuses to air advert for sex toys advent calendar
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An advert by Swiss online sex toys retailer Amorana has been refused airtime by Swiss public broadcaster SRF. Amorana's advent calendar offers dildos and other sex toys as presents in the calendar, although the products do not feature in the advert.

 
The advert shows a woman dressed as a superhero shoving an advent calendar into her man's arms, after slapping him, and declaring: “This is a great Christmas present.” The advert does not implicitly make any reference to sex or sex toys. 

A spokeswoman for the public broadcaster SRF said the decision was made in consideration for “the moral values” of minority groups that could be sensitive to the content, according to Swiss daily 20 Minutes.  

Amorana's co-founder Alan Frei told The Local his company received the following response from SRF:

“Even if the advertised spot only implies Amorana's offer in this form, the offer is the same. We (SRF) do not want to violate the values and feelings of individual audiences and, for image reasons, we do not want to offer ourselves as an advertising platform for sex paraphernalia.”

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The broadcaster was accused of double standards though as one of its own shows last year ran a programme called 'Vibrator Test – What Women Like'. Amorana, in a statement, also accused the broadcaster of double standards, asking why SRF broadcasts product tests for vibrators and documentaries on sex toys, but won't allow advertising. 

The Amorana advert will still run on private broadcasters “that don't have a problem with our advert”, Alan Frei, Amorana's co-founder, told The Local by email. 

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