INDONESIA: 140 men arrested as police raid gay nightclub

INDONESIA: 140 men arrested as police raid gay nightclub

More than 140 men were arrested by Indonesia police during an operation on what authorities described as a gay prostitution ring being run out of an entertainment venue in the north of the capital, Jakarta.

According to a statement by Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono, officials had “detained 141 people who violated pornography laws”.

Continuing, Yuwono said; “10 suspects, including the owner of the club and several staff members, had been charged, while the others were being questioned.”

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Indonesia has strict anti-pornography laws under which offenders can face up to 15 years imprisonment. The maximum penalty for downloading pornographic material is four years in jail or a 2 billion rupiah (115,709 pounds) fine.

However, homosexuality is not illegal under Indonesian law, but the LGBT community has come under pressure recently after government officials expressed reservations last year about activism by its members.






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