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Gay men are being harassed and abused in Morocco after photos taken from gay chat apps were circulated online. Photos spread after a social media influencer told her followers to make fake accounts on apps to see how common homosexuality is. Homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country, which is in lockdown because of coronavirus. The restrictions mean many men are unable to leave their homes where families abuse them, activists say. One man, a student who returned from France during the lockdown, killed himself after being identified as gay, Moroccan media report. The number of men reporting abuse and asking for help has increased since the online campaign began, says Mr Mouti, who left Morocco to study for a PhD in the UK. Everyone knows now that I'm homosexual, and my neighbour sexually harassed me, so I decided to flee," he told the group.
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PARIS — At least 50 to gay men were outed in Morocco over the last two weeks, rights activists say, after the men were identified on location-based meeting apps while sheltering at home amid a coronavirus lockdown. In at least three cases, men were kicked out of their houses, L. In interviews, many others in the country said they had been blackmailed and threatened, and thousands fear that their photos will be spread on social media. In Morocco, a North African kingdom where homosexuality and sex outside marriage are crimes, gay people are painfully accustomed to the feelings of peril and rejection, and many keep their sexual identities under wraps. Now, their cover has been blown in a way that would be criminal in most Western societies, rights advocates say.
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco. Article of the Penal Code of Morocco criminalises "lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex". When one is arrested in Morocco for a suspected homosexual act, their name becomes publicized outing the individual regardless as to whether they are homosexual or not. In , two girls were arrested in Marrakesh after one's cousin took a photo of them kissing. This sparked international outcry and the use of the hashtag freethegirls.