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Woman jailed in Senegal for filming short video of two men having sex

She has been jailed for two years and three months for sending obscene images

2018-10-02

A woman has been jailed in Senegal after uploading a six second video of two men having sex.

The 20-year-old woman uploaded the video to Snapchat after claiming she heard some “suspicious noise” and shot the short video and sent it to a friend on the social media site.

According to Sene News, two men and two women were arrested – one of them sentenced for more than two years – but the woman, who received a two year and three-month sentence, admitted she would never have uploaded if she knew it would cause trouble.

She said: “I went to see him. I heard some suspicious noise.

“This is where I took my cellphone to film the scene without their knowledge and then transferred it to a girlfriend.

“I’m sorry. It was the first time I saw boys indulging in such a practice. I had subsequently deleted the video.

“I did not know it could cause us all this trouble.”

Current in Senegal the law bans same-sex relations and is punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of around US $2,500.

PanAfrica Ilga wrote: “As the elections in Senegal approach, parties are making their stand against the LGBTQ+ community by arresting members of the community.

“The Senegalese candidates and government needs to be held accountable for their homophobic stance and the human rights violations being perpetrated as a platform for election.

“We stand in solidarity with our Senegalese comrades.”