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DESPITE the hostility Islam has towards homosexuality, many Muslim countries appear to have no problem using males as sex slaves.

A report just brought to our attention reveals that gay Kenyan men are being trafficked into the Gulf region as sex slaves for the wealthy.

Identity, a gay magazine in Kenya, alleges that gay and bisexual men are lured from university campuses – particularly from Kenyatta University – with promises of high-paying jobs and then transported to labour as sex workers for men in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

According to the magazine, due to Kenya's soaring unemployment rate, the men are easily fooled into this trap.

The publication interviewed one Kenyan victim who was promised a job in Qatar but ended up suffering sexual abuse.

Qatar specifically, has no laws against human trafficking, which has made cracking down on the practice nearly impossible.

The US State Department said in a recent report:

Qatar is a transit and destination country for men and women subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labour and, to a much lesser extent, forced prostitution.

Men and women from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Sudan, Thailand, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and China voluntarily travel to Qatar as labourers and domestic servants, but some subsequently face conditions indicative of involuntary servitude. These conditions include threats of serious physical or financial harm; job switching; the withholding of pay; charging workers for benefits for which the employer is responsible; restrictions on freedom of movement, including the confiscation of passports and travel documents and the withholding of exit permits; arbitrary detention; threats of legal action and deportation; false charges; and physical, mental, and sexual abuse.

 Hat Tip: BarrieJohn

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