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Indonesia Sentences 10 Men to Prison Following Gay Club Raid

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CHARLIE NASH

Indonesia, the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world, has sentenced ten men to prison following a raid on a gay club and sauna.

According to ABC News, the men have been sentenced “to between two and three years in prison” and were “among more than 140 men detained after the raid in May on what police said was a sex party at the Atlantis spa in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.”

“Most were released because homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but 10 men were charged under anti-pornography laws,” they explained, adding that the charged men included “two visitors to the club who police alleged performed oral sex, managers and several employees including strippers, a gym trainer and a security guard.”

Though homosexuality is not explicitly illegal in Indonesia, crackdowns on homosexual activities have been on the rise.

141 men, including a British national, were arrested in Indonesia earlier this year on suspicion of having a “gay sex party,” while last month, four men were arrested for “spreading gay pictures.”

In October, it was reported that Indonesia was considering a ban on LGBT television characters, and this week, Indonesian courts “narrowly rejected” a proposal to outlaw gay sex, with a five-to-four decision.

Charlie Nash covers technology and LGBT news for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington and Gab @Nash, or like his page at Facebook.

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