JAKARTA: Indonesian police have detained 141 men, including two Malaysians, for allegedly taking part in a gay sex party at a sauna, an official said on Monday, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country.
Officers late Sunday raided a building in Jakarta that houses a sauna and a gym, and halted what they said was a sex party promoted as “The Wild One”.
Pictures circulating online showed topless men sitting crammed in a room next to gym equipment after the raid.
Besides the two Malaysians, police said two other foreigners had been arrested – one Briton and a Singaporean.
“Our officers did an undercover investigation and raided the place on Sunday,” senior detective Nasriadi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.
Homosexuality and gay sex are legal everywhere in Indonesia except in conservative Aceh province, but Nasriadi said that 10 of those arrested in the Jakarta raid could be charged under the country’s tough anti-pornography laws. Read more