9 Cameroonians suspected of homosexuality have been arrested in western Cameroon. The police officer said one of them admitted that he was having relations with the other. Homosexual practices are prohibited in this Central African nation. The law provides for sentences ranging from 6 months to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to 200,000 FCFA or 300 euros against anyone who has sex with someone of the same sex.
Two transgender persons were arrested in Douala, the economic capital, on February 8 and are still behind bars. Their trial began on February 10 and is scheduled to resume on March 10. The arrest of alleged homosexuals has dropped significantly in recent years in Cameroon, but they seem to be on the rise again recently.