Egyptian trans woman arrested amid crackdown

Egyptian police arrested a 25-year-old trans woman on Sunday

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Egyptian police arrested a 25-year-old trans woman on Sunday, local media reported, only days after an Egyptian appeals court reduced jail sentences given to eight men over a homosexual wedding video that went viral on the Internet.

The men’s arrests in September were part of a series of highly publicized raids targeting suspected homosexuals in the conservative country and local media are linking the arrest of the trans woman to the apparent crackdown on the LGBT community.

The woman goes by the name Malooka Aldlouah, according to BuzzFeed, and police told Egyptian media outlets that she came to their attention due to YouTube videos she had allegedly posted in which “sadistic sex” was offered as a service.

According to local media, however, while the woman is featured on multiple social media accounts, no new videos have been posted within the past year from any of those accounts.

Egyptian media have reported on the arrest with one independent newspaper, Youm7, tagging her “The most dangerous ‘shemale’ in Egypt.”

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