A 25-year-old transgender woman who goes by the name Malooka Aldlouah was arrested Sunday for allegedly advertising "sexual services...including sadistic sex," BuzzFeed is reporting.
Aldlouah's YouTube videos are modest by western standards. But apparently her dancing in lingerie was too provocative by the standards of officials in Cairo, as the videos were said to have caused her arrest.
The suddenness of Aldlouah's arrest has shocked the transgender community in Cairo, partly because it appears she hasn't posted anything on YouTube for more than a year.
Now her friends are afraid they will also be arrested as police scour Aldlouah's cell phone and social media accounts. Officials told BuzzFeed in September that they were indeed using social media to monitor Egyptians' activities.
"She went out of the protected zone of Manjam and onto the street of Facebook," Buzzfeed quoted one friend, who asked to remain anonymous. The friend believes that Manjam, reportedly Egypt's most popular gay social network, is safer than Facebook or YouTube.
"Arresting Malooka makes the situation very very dangerous," the friend said. "I will leave Egypt soon... Hard days are definitely coming."
According to BuzzFeed, local news reports about Aldlouah's arrest have included transphobic headlines that called Aldlouah "the most dangerous shemale in Egypt," and the allegedly self-described "king of homosexuality," as well as ringleader of a "covert sexual network."
Buzzfeed's Lester J. Feder reports that Egyptian media is "amplifying" the state's crackdown against LGBT people. Allegations that Egyptian television reporter Mona Iraqi set up a recent police raid of a bathhouse in Cairo certainly fit into that analysis.
Although homosexuality is technically not illegal in Egypt, LGBT people are frequently prosecuted for several highly subjective charges. Those infractions include so-called sexual deviance, debauchery, "insulting public morals," and "public depravity."
WATCH a 2011 video of Aldlouah in happier times below: