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Arrested for cross-dressing in Dubai


A transgender woman was arrested in Dubai last week, accused of cross-dressing.

A transgender woman was arrested in Dubai last week, accused of cross-dressing. She was thrown into a male prison and deprived of access to the telephone. “Her family was worried sick and had no idea what was happening”, said Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai.


“This is not the first time we have been called in an emergency situation. A British national was arrested at a Dubai mall for wearing skinny jeans while two Singaporeans were sentenced to a year in prison for cross dressing. Authorities reduced the sentence to a fine and deportation following an international media campaign.”


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Stirling told the Associated Press at the time “But even trips to Dubai can pose risks to LGBT travelers and others as laws sometimes contradict social attitudes. A British man in the UAE faced charges of “cross dressing” last year, but Stirling said she helped him leave the country after paying a fine of 5,000 dirhams ($1,360).”


“Alcohol, prostitutes, homosexuality, sex outside marriage and revealing clothing are all ever present, making these practices seem legal or at least, common and acceptable,” Stirling said. “In reality, they are serious offenses that can lead to lengthy imprisonment, fines and deportation.”