Indonesian police in West Java said Wednesday they have set up a task force to investigate activities by gays in the country's most populous province. West Java police chief Anton Charliyan said the task force includes police, army and provincial officials, and will monitor and search for locations used for parties by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Charliyan said it is aimed at preventing activities in the province such as an alleged gay sex party recently raided in the capital, Jakarta. Police on Sunday detained 141 men including four foreigners in a raid on a gay gym and sauna in north Jakarta in what was seen as a reflection of growing hostility to homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Police say the sauna was the venue of a sex party promoted as "The Wild One." Police arrested 10 of the men on charges of violating the country's pornography law. If found guilty, they could face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines.
May 24 / ABC News