Naked as the day he was born, the bookish year-old had been invited on stage naked one of the strippers hired for a party at the Atlantis Gym.
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That hardly qualified as outrageous behavior in the red-light district of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, where the Atlantis was located. Nearby were plenty of venues with suggestive names like the Playboy Sensation, massage parlors for straight men. Handoko felt safe, if a little embarrassed. Soon after he took the stage, the police stormed the premises. Officers herded naked, cowering men into the middle of the room and man taking photos, some of which — juvenile nudist one of Indo.
Handoko — appeared on Indonesian social media within hours. He and other men were taken away.
Handoko, an aspiring journalist, said last week in an interview at Cipinang prison in Jakarta, where he has been held since the raid in May. This week, prosecutors notified Mr.
But that began to change last year, when the authorities, under pressure from right-wing Islamic groups, started arresting gay men in what experts say are unprecedented numbers, raiding not just bars and saunas but hotel rooms and private apartments.