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Egyptian Police Arrest Men At Cairo Bathhouse "Group Sex Party"

A news team told police that the bathhouse was used for "group perversions," and plans to air a program on Wednesday on "the dens for spreading AIDS in Egypt."

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Egyptian police raided a bathhouse in Cairo on Sunday night and arrested a large group of men accused of "perversions," according to Mona Iraqi, a reporter with the program El Mostakbai of the Al-Qahira wal Nas channel.

Iraqi posted about the raid on her Facebook page along with several pictures of men, mostly naked, who were apparently caught during the roundup.

"With pictures, we reveal the biggest den of perversions in the heart of Cairo," Iraqi wrote in her post. According to her account, her team had notified the police on December 3 "about what is happening in the baths," but they waited to broadcast their report "to give security institutions a chance to close down the baths." Morals police found a large group of men "caught in the act during a group sex party," and they were "immediately transported to the prosecution with no clothes."

On Wednesday, December 10, Iraqi said she will air "the whole story of the dens for spreading AIDS in Egypt."

Iraqi's account could not be immediately verified, but comes as the crackdown on LGBT rights under the regime of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi continues to widen. Since October of last year, more than 80 people have been arrested on accusations of homosexuality, a dramatic increase of such charges over the previous decade under former President Hosni Mubarak. On November 1, eight men were sentenced to three years in prison in the most high-profile of these cases, having been filmed in what authorities allege was a same-sex wedding that caused a sensation when a cell-phone video was posted on YouTube.

J. Lester Feder is a world correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. His secure PGP fingerprint is 2353 DB68 8AA6 92BD 67B8 94DF 37D8 0A6F D70B 7211

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