Twenty-three-year-old Waleed uses the Internet to catch up on the news, check the latest football scores and also meet women. Three such cyber exchanges in fact led to face-to-face meetings.
Assiut is very conservative,” said the single Egyptian male, who is studying medicine at the faculty in his hometown south of the capital. “There you can only say good morning to a girl in the street.” The World Wide Web has indeed opened doors for the doctor-to-be, providing him with the opportunity to chat with single women online.
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Illustrative - eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. (AP/Hassan Ammar, File) A Syrian refugee in Egypt was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison for allegedly soliciting gay sex over the internet, after police set up a sting operation to catch homosexuals online.
While Egyptian law does not specifically outlaw homosexuality, those suspected of engaging in homosexual activity can be charged under the country’s morality laws which prohibit debauchery and other indecent public acts.
Waleed still goes online regularly in the hope that one day he will eventually meet his future wife.
The popularity of the Internet and other digital technologies is on the rise in Egypt, causing some critics to question whether the digital revolution will lead to a sexual revolution in the traditionally conservative Egyptian society., is convinced that there is indeed a connection between the use of cyber technology, infidelity and the rate of divorce in Egypt.
After arranging to meet with the officer, the man was arrested upon arrival.
He was forced to undergo an anal examination, which found no evidence that he engaged in gay sex.