As activists in Indonesia continue to campaign to have gay sex criminalised, the police are making plans to ban Grindr and 18 other gay dating apps.
After busting a paedophile ring that was allegedly forcing teenage boys into sex work, police discovered Grindr on the iPad of one of the perpetrators.
Police suspect that the ring was using the app to sell underage boys, and have moved to have all gay dating apps banned.
They “hope that, with the authority the communications ministry has, it will make the right decision and impose a ban,” said Agung Setya, the police’s director of economic and special crimes.
Indonesian media have reported that as well as Grindr, other apps under review will include: Jack’d, Hornet, BoyAhoy, Blued, Romeo, VGL, GROWLr, GayPark, Adam4Adam, Guyz, Scruff, Surge, Gaydar, Krave, Gay Times, Gay Cities, and Maleforce.