141 Arrested in Indonesia for “Gay Sex Party”

Dozens of men were detained by Indonesian police in a weekend raid on a gay sauna.

According to local reports, 141 men were arrested in the weekend raid. It is the latest sign of growing hostility towards homosexuality in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said the men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north Jakarta. According to law enforcement, it was a venue for a sex party promoted as “The Wild One.”

While homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, the police said the country’s pornography laws had been violated.

Ten people will be charged according to police. This includes the sauna’s owner, several staff, a gym trainer, receptionist and security guard. Also two visitors to the club who allegedly performed oral sex. If found guilty, they face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines.

As the media waited for a police news conference on Monday, some of the men were put on display with their faces covered by black ski masks.

Growing hostilities towards the LGBT community.

Last month in Indonesia’s second-largest city, police arrested 14 men at what they alleged was a sex party and forced them to have HIV tests.

North Jakarta chief police detective Nasriadi, who goes by one name, said four foreigners were caught in the raid – two men from Malaysia, one Singaporean and one UK man.

They are still being questioned as witnesses, he said.
Last week, a Shariah court in the conservative province of Aceh sentenced two men to public caning for gay sex.

Vigilantes broke into the couple’s rented accommodation to film them having sex and handed them over to Shariah police. The court sentenced the men, aged 20 and 23, to 85 lashes each, sparking condemnation from rights groups.

While only one province in Indonesia practices Shariah Law, several others have adopted “Shariah” style laws.

 

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