Indonesia’s LGBT community fears repercussions after UK’s ‘most prolific rapist’ jailed

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01/09/2020

When the reports surfaced about Britain’s “most prolific rapist” Reynhard Sinaga — an Indonesian national sentenced to life for 150 crimes, including 136 rapes against men — Riko was upset. Riko, who refused to give his family name because he hasn’t come out to his parents, is a fashion stylist based in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He identifies as gay, and feared Sinaga’s case would see vitriol directed at him and his community. “I hate this guy,” Riko told the ABC. “He is a rapist. I can’t agree with what sexual offenders do in any way.” Riko also feels “betrayed” by the crimes that Sinaga committed, because he says it has made life more difficult for Indonesia’s often-maligned lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community.

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