British man among 141 arrested by Indonesian police over 'gay sex party' at Jakarta sauna - A Briton is among dozens of men detained by Indonesian police in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital, according to local reports.
The raid is the latest sign of growing hostility towards homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north Jakarta. Police say the sauna was the venue for a sex party promoted as "The Wild One." Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but police said the country's pornography laws had been violated.
Ten people will be charged, police said, including the sauna's owner, several staff including strippers, a gym trainer, receptionist and security guard, and two visitors to the club who allegedly performed oral sex. If found guilty, they face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines. As media waited for a police news conference on Monday afternoon, some of the arrested men were put on display, their faces covered by black ski masks.
Last month, police in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, arrested 14 men at what they alleged was a sex party and forced them to have HIV tests.
A coalition of legal aid and criminal justice reform groups condemned the raid and "arbitrary" arrests. It said police further violated the rights of those arrested by photographing them naked and facilitating the spread of those images on social media.
The group, which is providing legal representation, said in a statement that some of the men were brought to a police station in north Jakarta naked, and that others were stripped at the station. - telegraph.co.uk #gayjakarta #gayrights #lgbtindonesia #jakut #jakarta #jakartanews #beritajakarta #jakartadalamberita