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in­ves­ti­ga­tion and raided the place on Sun­day,” se­nior de­tec­tive Nas­ri­adi said.

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and gay sex are le­gal ev­ery­where in In­done­sia ex­cept in Aceh prov­ince, but Nas­ri­adi said 10 of those ar­rested in the raid here could be charged un­der anti-pornog­ra­phy laws.

These in­clude the al­leged or­gan­is­ers of the event as well as men sus­pected of be­ing pros­ti­tutes and strip­tease dancers. Those found guilty of break­ing the laws face up to 10 years in jail.

The other de­tained men were be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice as po­ten­tial wit­nesses, the de­tec­tive said.

It is the lat­est sign of grow­ing hos­til­ity to­wards In­done­sia’s small les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der com­mu­nity.

Ear­lier this month, po­lice de­tained eight men in Surabaya for al­legedly hold­ing a gay party, and they could also be charged un­der the anti-porn laws.

Last week, an Is­lamic court in Aceh also sen­tenced two men to be pub­licly caned for hav­ing gay sex, the first time such a pun­ish­ment has been handed down for ho­mo­sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties in the con­ser­va­tive prov­ince.

The back­lash against the ho­mo­sex­ual com­mu­nity be­gan in early 2016, and ac­tivists be­lieve it was trig­gered by wide­spread me­dia cov­er­age of a de­ci­sion in the United States to le­galise same­sex mar­riage. AFP


Po­lice show­ing ev­i­dence from the raid at a po­lice sta­tion in Jakarta yes­ter­day.

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