Dubai Police Detain 40 Men in ‘Campaign Against Transvestites’

In what Dubai’s police chief is calling a “campaign against transvestites,” 40 foreign men have been detained and will be deported, according to the Gulf News:

Dubai“The visitors were arrested after police launched a campaign against transvestites last May. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai Police Chief, had said then that transvestites were frequently being spotted in public places. “This is against the UAE’s traditions and social values,” he had warned. Any man or woman who dresses up and behaves like the opposite gender in public will be questioned and legal action will be taken against him or her, the police chief had said. The 40 transvestites were referred to the Public Prosecution, which issued an administrative deportation order against them. All of those arrested were visitors and tourists and not residents, the police official said.”

CNN is reporting 17 detainees but the number appears to be much higher.

Posted July 17, 2008 at 10:58am ETC by Andy Towle
in Dubai, News