Women Arrested in Cameroon for Homosexuality

By Michelle Garcia

Originally published on Advocate.com February 24 2012 6:27 PM ET

Ten women were arrested in Cameroon on suspicion of being lesbians and are facing charges of six months to five years in jail and a fine.

Alice Nkom, founder of the Association for the Defense of Homosexuals, told the Associated Press that police often torture detainees to coax confessions. She said the climate for LGBT people in Africa is getting worse.

"People accused of homosexuality are put in jail straight away," she said.

Meanwhile, Liberia's government is considering a bill that would ban marriage equality, and make homosexuality a first-degree felony. The bill was introduced by the country's former First Lady and current Senator, Jewel Taylor.