Afghanistan gay man raped and beaten by Taliban, lured on social media - Business Insider

  • The Taliban raped and beat a gay man in Kabul after luring him into meeting them through social media.
  • The militants pretended to offer the man escape from Afghanistan, a report from ITV says.
  • Afghan LGBTQ activists told Insider that previous governments used similar tactics to trap gay men.

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The Taliban raped and beat a gay man after duping him into meeting them, a report from ITV says.

The outlet said that Hanan, a pseudonym given to protect his identity, had been speaking to a man on social media who promised to help him find a safe way out of Afghanistan.

Many LGBTQ people have been desperately trying to flee the country following the Taliban takeover.

Hanan agreed to meet the man in Kabul after speaking for three weeks online, who unbeknownst to him were actually Taliban men.

When Hanan met the men, they raped and beat him, Afghan LGBTQ rights activist Artemis Akbary told ITV.

Akbary told the outlet that Taliban fighters are likely to do this again.

"They'll make a profile account and deceive LGBT+ people by pretending they're a member of the community," he said.

Insider recently spoke to men from Afghanistan's secret gay community, who said they are living through a "nightmare" and in fear of their futures...

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