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In many countries, hook-up apps expose gay men to blackmail, arrest, violence

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
High-tech gay dating apps and social media services have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and partners in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace exposes them to the risks of blackmail, arrest and violence.
For gay men in the dozens of countries that criminalize their sex lives, social networking can be a blessing or a curse. High-tech dating apps and social media have enabled countless men to expand their circles of friends and lovers in settings that are hostile to any overt trace of homosexuality. Yet the same technology that they gratefully embrace can expose...

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Saudi man gets 3 years in prison, 450 lashes for meeting men via Twitter

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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MEDINA, Saudi Arabia – A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years in jail and 450 lashes for trying to arrange a date with another man via Twitter. According to the daily Aarabic newspaper Al-Watan, the court found the unidentified man guilty of “promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality.”

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Report: Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for using Facebook to meet other men

| Friday, January 13, 2012
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As the British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia on Friday, activists report plight of man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment. Activists are concerned for the safety of a 30-year-old man arrested by the religious police in Saudi Arabia for using Facebook to date other men.

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Report: Kenyan gay men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf countries

| Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves.

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Saudi diplomat seeking political asylum in U.S. because he’s gay

| Sunday, September 12, 2010
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A Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking political asylum in the United States because he is gay and befriended a Jewish woman, and fears for his life if he returns, NBC News reported Saturday.

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