In­done­sia raids ‘gay spa’; men fac­ing prison time

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

In­done­sian po­lice de­tained 51 men, in­clud­ing sev­eral for­eign­ers, in a raid on what au­thor­i­ties de­scribed as a “gay spa” in Jakarta late on Fri­day, and some could face up to six years in prison un­der pornog­ra­phy and pros­ti­tu­tion laws.

The ar­rests are the lat­est in a spate of high-pro­file po­lice ac­tions against gay clubs and par­ties in In­done­sia this year that have called the coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion for tol­er­ance into ques­tion.

With the ex­cep­tion of the ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive Aceh province in north­ern Su­ma­tra, where Is­lamic law is en­forced and two men were pub­licly flogged in May for gay sex, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is not crim­i­nal­ized in In­done­sia, home to the world’s largest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion.

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