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Leaked gay sex videos of high-ranking men are causing havoc in this island nation

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A series of leaked videos of prominent men engaging in same-sex relations has led to a widespread homophobic backlash in the Maldives, and real danger for the men involved.While it markets itself as an idyllic honeymoon destination for gay couples, the island country in the north-central Indian Ocean does not extend the same acceptance towards LGBTQ residents.

Homosexuality there is still illegal, with penalties that can include years in prison and lashings.The videos were recorded by M.D.

Alamgiri, who according to Vice is a trafficked Bangladeshi sex worker.Related: Off limits: 15 most unwelcoming countries for LGBTQ travelersAlamgiri is accused of filming his encounters with high-ranking, closeted Maldivian officials and blackmailing them with the footage. “All Maldivian citizens, please forgive me,” he said in a recent video uploaded to Facebook.Beginning in June, gay sex videos featuring Alamgiri with a police officer, a former journalist, and the brother of a former Maldivian president have all circulated on local social media.

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