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11 gay men arrested in Egypt in pre-Eid morality raid

11 gay men arrested in Egypt in pre-Eid morality raid

Twenty-six men were arrested in a Cairo bathhouse raid in December.

Eleven gay men have been arrested in Cairo in a morality campaign ahead of Greater Eid, which lands on 24 September this year.

State-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported that 11 ‘homosexuals’ were arrested at two apartments in the Agouza suburb, where sex toys and women’s clothing were also found.

The men were accused of being part of a prostitution network that advertised sexual services for E£1,500 ($191; €172) an hour on social media.

Egyptian police pose as gay men on social networks, especially phone apps such as Grindr and Growlr, to entrap LGBTI people.

Earlier this month, another Egyptian man was arrested for engaging in ‘sexual perversion’ (a byword for gay sex) with men for money. He also also caught on social media.

Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, but gay men are often charged under vague public morality laws with punishments of up to 17 years imprisonment with or without hard labor.

‘These pre-Eid morality raids have been going on for some time,’ Dalia Abdel Hameed, head of gender studies at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, told Daily News Egypt.

‘We have almost got used to expecting them.’