76 men deported from Kuwait following a crackdown on gay community

The country’s ‘moral committee’ have been targeting gay men.

Kuwait have deported 76 men on suspicion of being gay after deploying a crackdown on homosexuality in the Western Asian country.

Mohammad Al Dhufairi ordered a series of raids which resulted in 22 massage parlours being shut down.

The establishments were all suspected of being ‘hubs’ for homosexuality, with men who frequented them among those who have been deported.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards any morally distasteful deeds and we refuse to show leniency with anyone who breaks the rules or puts the health of Kuwaiti citizens and residents at risk,” al-Dhufairi told Al Seyassah Daily.

It’s not the first time Kuwait has targeted its gay citizens, with an official at the Kuwait health ministry saying back in 2013 that they want to develop a “homosexual detection system”.

They would want the system to keep gay men out of the country.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kuwait and can be punishable with up to 10 years in prison for someone under the age of 21, and six years for those over that.

What’s more, identifying as transgender or “cross dressing” is also illegal in the extremely conservative country.

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