Kuwait Mass Arrests For ‘Vice,’ ‘Immorality’

149 people, including at least four gay men and two transgender women, have been arrested in the latest raids on parties in Kuwait.

The ‘anti-vice drive,’ according to Gulf media, mainly targeted expatriates, from which “14 Arab women would be immediately deported while several gays and tomboys have been locked up pending trial.”

News reports say that hundreds of Kuwaiti security agents are involved.

Speaking with Dan Littauer of Gay Star News, a Kuwaiti trans woman said:

They call it “prostitution places” but in fact these were private parties in homes and apartments. It’s just drinking and partying maybe a bit more but not prostitution!

She said that since Islamists won a majority in Kuwait’s parliament, there had been a crackdown on a wide range of behavior and people, but that this has disproportionately affected LGBT people.

In April, seven gay men were arrested for wearing “indecent clothing’” at the beach. 44 people were arrested, including four people identified as gay and five labelled as ‘cross-dressers.’

Kuwait is also running a campaign against ‘Tomboys’ or ‘Boyat.’

In January Human Rights Watch published “They Hunt Us Down for Fun,” an examination of discrimination and police violence against transgender women in Kuwait.

One MP., Dr. Adel Al-Damkhi, has proposed to set up a “rehab center” to “treat negative phenomena alien to Kuwaiti society.”

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Huber F.
Huber F4 years ago

This is crazy. Why do the cops bother locking down these hooters? OMG.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

Patricia and edw, sodomizing young boys = homosexuality? The difference is they are BOYS. Homosexuals are NOT pedophiles. Their practice is, by definition, between consenting adults. Those who commit pedophilia are FAR worse but these creeps seem to ignore that fact. The same moniker applies to the practice of child brides, but hell, they're only worthless females so who cares?

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A5 years ago

If it is a right of a Western nation to ban people from covering their faces then the other nations also have the rights to trample upon some one's civil liberties. This does not make either one correct in their actions. As long as the actions of a few (unacceptable to some) are carried out of other's sight then that should be ok to the most.

Of course the there are purists and bigots on both sides where tolerance is not the norm and extreme actions always harm everyone. Perhaps live and let live is the way forward ...

patrica and edw jones

Are there any moral standards at all among these Arabs? Sorry - such a silly question. They crush the arm of a 9 year old boy for stealing bread, they murder their wives when they no longer want them, they kill animals in the most bestial of ways, they stick their arses in the air and their noses in the dirt whilst praying to THEIR GOD..........we say 'THEIR GOD' - because it can't be the God we pray to.......ours is a loving entity.

patrica and edw jones

Muslims are notorious for sodomising young boys, and arranging marriages for baby girls to old men - yet they have the affrontery to complain about homosexuality. What name would you append to men who sodomise boys? Homosexuals of course. Don't they know that? These people are the spawn of Satan. There is nothing loving or compassionate about them. Hope they get the plague soon.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Fundamentalists are all alike- Christian, Jewish, Islamic.

Charles P.
Charles P5 years ago

let's see, what other people do we know that do not approve of homosexuals? Do evangelicals approve of them? Do religious extremists of any faith approve of them? What would they do if they had the chance? Would they build a large area with an electrical fence and send them all there? Talk about sharia?

Michael F.

All in the name of God. Makes one wonder about us men especially these stone age old men who making laws just to control people lives.

Russell R.
Russell R5 years ago

That is Shariah Law! That is the "Bridge of Understanding" they want to build in NYC, in the Land of the Infidels!

Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

Stop the hate and viloence!