March 30, 2023

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Homosexuality in Egypt: Using dating apps to prevent LGBTQ+

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Ahmed returns to his hometown of Cairo to investigate how the guards pose as horsemen.

In Egypt, homosexuality is heavily stigmatized, and police have long been accused of hunting LGBTQ+ people online. BBC News has found evidence of officers using social and dating apps for this purpose, reports Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.

All the names of the victims have been changed.

Growing up in Egypt, I am aware of the rampant homophobia that permeates all aspects of Egyptian society. But my friends there tell me that the atmosphere has become more brutal lately, and that the tactics to go after LGBTQ+ people are more sophisticated.

Egypt has no explicit law against homosexuality, but our investigation revealed that the “abandum” – a sex work law – criminalizes the LGBTQ+ community.