Despite the fact that homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, men are being arrested for "inciting debauchery".
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

29 Aug 2016 - 3:19 PM  UPDATED 29 Aug 2016 - 3:30 PM

Police in Egypt have been using apps like Grindr to track and arrest gay men, according to reports from CairoScene, an online lifestyle magazine.

Using the app's location tracking, police are locating users and then arresting them for "inciting debauchery", according to the Jerusalem Post.

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An anonymous source told the CairoScene that “there have been a number of arrests in the last few months linked to these applications," adding: “It baffles me how easily people are willing to share such personal information in a country like Egypt – it is beyond stupid. I would advise anyone to be careful when dating online.”

Although homosexuality isn't technically illegal in Egypt, there have been many reported instances of people being punished for homosexual acts.

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In April of this year, 11 men accused of committing homosexual acts received sentences of up to 12 years in prison for "inciting debauchery".

In late 2014, after raiding a bath house in Cairo, Egyptian authorities detained 26 men after being tipped off that they were holding "gay orgies", accusing them of "group perversions".

Despite being acquitted by the courts, many of the men accused suffered homophobic abuse in the wake of the arrests, as a journalist published photos of the men as they were being arrested.