Morocco cages teenage girls for homosexuality

gay-debaucheryFrom AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – MOROCCO is under pressure form rights groups to drop homosexuality charges against two teenage girls.
Under Morocco’s stringent laws, the pair, aged 16 and 17, face up to three years in prison.
A mother of one of the girls reported the pair to police after allegedly seeing a photo of them kissing in her daughter’s phone and had noticed a red mark on her neck.
They have been detained and charged with homosexuality and vagrancy, sparking an outcry by rights groups.
The Aswat Group for Sexual Minorities said the girls’ experience in detention was traumatic and humiliating after their detention with adults.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch said authorities must drop charges and stop prosecuting.
“Morocco grapples with problems of poverty, unemployment and extremism yet authorities find time to prosecute two teenagers for an alleged kiss,” Whitson said in Cairo.
The North African country frequently prosecutes men under anti-homosexuality laws. This is the first known case involving girls.
Morocco criminalizes acts of “sexual deviancy” between members of the same sex.
Laws provide for prison terms of up to three years and fines of 1 000 dirhams (about R1 500).
The age of full criminal responsibility is 18 but minors are tried in adult courts.
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