Police sent an undercover officer to the parlor in the capital of Kuwait City to pay for a ‘massage’, a cost of 10 dinars ($33, €30) and then negotiated for the sexual services. 41 gay men and trans women were arrested.
‘During the raid, we found sexual toys and substances, women’s underwear and make up kits in some parlors,’ Mohammad Al Dhufairi, the head of the joint committee, claims to Al Rai. ‘We are serious about the full application of the law and we will continue our zero-tolerance policy towards abusers and violators.’
Gay sex is against the law in Kuwait, it is named ‘debauchery’ and punished with 6-year imprisonment. In 2015, police launched a crackdown on what they branded as ‘cross-dressers’. Prostitution is also illegal, but is very common.