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10 Men Sentenced to Prison for Gay Sex Party in Indonesia

Indonesia

Several people are going to prison for participating in a gay sex party in Indonesia.

On Thursday, 10 men were each sentenced to two years in detainment, following a May police raid of a sauna in the country's capital, Jakarta, reports the Daily Mail.

At least 141 were initially rounded up in the raid, although the majority were released. 

The unlucky 10 were found guilty of violating a 2008 law prohibiting pornography and "pornoaction," an invented term used to describe a variety of acts ranging from public displays of affection to sunbathing.

The ruling said the defendents "have been proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt of displaying nudity and sexual exploitation collectively in public."

In addition to receiving prison time, each was also fined a billion rupiah, the equivalent of about $73,700.

Homosexuality is legal in the majority of Indonesia. However, the country's antipornography law has been increasingly used to target LGBT people.

Since 2016, Indonesia has made headlines for a "surge of anti-LGBT incidents," including police raids, a ban on gay apps, and the public caning of two men who engaged in consensual sex.

Tags: Crime

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