Gay Crackdown in Egypt Sees 33 Men Arrested for ‘Debauchery’ at Bathhouse

Image via Matyas Rehak

Image via Matyas Rehak

Egyptian police have made their largest arrest of gay men since 2001 this week as police raided a bathhouse in central Cairo. Charging 33 men with “debauchery.” The raid is particularly troubling because homosexuality is not illegal in the country, so the men were all charged with varying offenses. According to the BBC, the men may face jail time as well as the owner of the club who is accused of turning his facility into a place of “immoral and indecent conduct.” Arrests of gay men are on the rise in the North African country. Last month, eight men were held for “inciting debauchery” when a video of a gay wedding went viral. In 2001, 52 men were arrested in Cairo at a gay club. [BBC]

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