Tuesday, July 28, 2009
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, there had been countless cases of Filipino gay men being raped in Saudi Arabia. Here is an excerpt from the article "What Gays Shoule Know Before Going to Saudi"
“The victims usually keep their shame to themselves and refuse to talk about their ordeal, so the abuses continue,” he said.
One common experience of gay OFWs is being lured by locals into having sex, which often degenerates into rape.
“Initially, [a gay OFW] may willingly accompany a local, especially a good-looking one, to have sex. But the situation turns to rape when the gay OFW realizes too late that he is being made to perform sexual acts that are against his will. If he resists, the disgruntled local can turn against him and go to the authorities, and the nightmare of being arrested and publicly shamed begins,” Ryan says.
If the OFW files a complaint, the local can turn the tables on him and claim that it was the OFW who “tempted him.” Such a claim can land the gay OFW behind bars and get him a prison sentence with 100 or more lashes. Homosexuality is a crime in Islamic law.
There are also times when gay OFWs are arrested by some policemen and end up getting sexually assaulted, claimed Ryan.
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