7 arrested in latest Egyptian raid on charges of homosexuality
Egyptian police arrested seven people for "debauchery," the charge routinely used against men accused of homosexuality, according to a report in the Egyptian tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba. The paper identified the seven as "transsexuals," but details of the account could not be verified. This is the first highly publicized arrest of allegedly gay or trans people since the January acquittal of 26 men arrested in a raid on a working-class bathhouse that was featured in a television broadcast purporting to tell "the whole story of the dens for spreading AIDS in Egypt."
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