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Two years prison for gay sex in Fiji

Fri 8 Apr 2005 In: International News

A retired Australian and a 23 year old Fijian have been sentenced to two years in prison for having gay sex in Fiji where such acts are outlawed. Both were found guilty of "committing an unnatural offence" and "indecent behavior" after admitting to engaging in sex and taking photographs of themselves naked between 24 March and 3 April. The magistrate described their behavior as “something so disgusting that it would make any decent person vomit.” Fiji law prescribes up to 14 years imprisonment for homosexual activity but prosecutions are now rare. Police regularly turn a blind eye to widespread solicitation by male prostitutes in Suva. Fiji's LGBT community is pressing the government to abolish anti-gay laws, but is meeting feirce opposition by the powerful Methodist Church of Fiji.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 8th April 2005 - 12:00pm

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