A 25-year-old Indonesian man was sentenced last week to more than two years in prison for violating the country's anti-pornography statute, the New York Times reported.
Steven Handoko has been in detention since May, after he and 140 men were arrested in Jakarta's now-closed Atlantis Gym as a striptease took place on stage. Photos of the men—naked—were taken by police officers and later posted on social media.
Mass arrests of gay men in Indonesia have become more prominent since late 2016. The most recent roundup occurred as recently as October, in a gay sauna; fifty men were detained. The numbers of those arrested over the last year—now in the hundreds—are unprecedented, according to the New York Times. The crackdown has been attributed to growing influence of right-wing religious groups in the country.
Most of those initially detained have been released without suffering criminal charges, but many describe having been humiliated on social media in a country where being gay is widely misunderstood.
Ade Armando, a professor who contributed to the writing of the anti-pornography law that has been cited in justifying the arrests, said that the raids were an abuse of the statute, particularly those that have taken place in hotels and private residences.
"It is not fair. It is not right what the police are doing there," Armando told the New York Times.