Dubai: Police entrap, arrest gay Kenyan

Dubai is on the Persian Gulf on the northern coast of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai is on the Persian Gulf on the northern coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Identity Kenya reports:

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – A gay Kenyan has been arrested after police laid a trap for him using an on-line gay dating service, Identity Kenya has confirmed.

Friends of Jimmy confirmed to Identity Kenya this morning that Jimmy was arrested after he met an undercover police officer who had been in touch with him using an online dating service.

The two are alleged to have met online several weeks ago and continued communicating before they decided to meet last week.

The arrest, according to the information we received, was made last week on Thursday. Jimmy is currently in a Dubai jail awaiting charges and possible prosecution. …

Jimmy works as a [receptionist] in one of the hotels in the city and is said to have arrived there early this year.

‘He is fine,’ said one friend to Jimmy. ‘We cannot involve or inform his family back in Kenya as yet because I think he can be released. He is also not open about his sexuality.’

For more information, read the full article in Identity Kenya:  “Gay Kenyan Arrested After Falling In Dubai Police Trap.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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