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In Cameroon, 10 women arrested for being lesbian, face up to 5 years in prison

AMBAM, Cameroon -- Ten women have been arrested in Cameroon on suspicion of being lesbians.

They have been detained in Ambam, some 190 miles south of the capital of Yaounde, until they go on trial, Cameroon Radio Television reported.
Consensual same-gender sex is considered criminal in the West African nation and punishable by a jail sentence from six months to five years and a fine.

Gay rights defender and founder of the Association for the Defence of Homosexuals, Alice Nkom, says detainees in Cameroon are frequently tortured in police stations to force them confess.

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