In Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, homosexuality is legal and the state largely stays out of issues of private morality. But as conservative religious groups become more prominent in political life here, police are increasingly finding other ways to crack down on LGBT communities. This weekend they arrested 58 Indonesians and foreigners at a Jakarta sauna popular with gay men, allegedly for violating the country's pornography laws. Indonesia's pornography legislation — passed in 2008 and often criticized by legal experts and human rights activists for being too vague — technically prohibits any public depiction of sex for profit, but in practice it is often used against politically vulnerable groups.
October 12 / Washington Post