Indonesia Police Arrests Dozens in Raid on Jakarta Gay Sauna

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JAKARTA — Indonesian police say they detained dozens of men in a raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said 141 men were detained for questioning in the raid Sunday evening on the gym and sauna in north Jakarta.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia but police said Monday that those detained had violated Indonesia’s pornography laws.

Indonesia’s low-profile LGBT community has been increasingly under siege in the past year, with prejudice fanned by stridently anti-gay comments from cabinet ministers and other high-profile Indonesians.

Last week, a Shariah court in the conservative province of Aceh sentenced two men to public caning for gay sex.