Jamaican Teen Who Thought He Was Meeting Man From Dating Site Ends Up Being Set On Fire, Having Penis Severed
The incident isn't an isolated case on the island.
October 19, 2021 at 4:49 pm
An 18-year-old was kidnapped and set on fire, and also had part of his penis cut off after he thought he was meeting up with a man on a gay dating site on Oct. 11, The Advocate reports.
The victim, whose name was not revealed, showed up at a location in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he was met by a group of three men. The men tortured the teen and stole his phone, wallet and bank cards before forcing him to tell them his banking information.
After failing to retrieve money from the victim's account, he was "forced to transfer money into an account they gave him," police told The Gleaner.
The 18-year-old had drinking alcohol poured on him before the men set him on fire. The victim found his way to a security checkpoint and was transferred to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries. According to officials, he was admitted in critical condition.
“In addition to providing justice for the St. James victim and decriminalizing same-sex conduct, Jamaica should gather data on violence and discrimination against LGBT and train public officials on addressing such cases,” Human Rights Watch LGBTQ+ researcher Cristian González Cabrera said. “These steps would begin to remove the cloak of law from anti-LGBT discrimination and the violence it encourages and would signal that Jamaica is committed to upholding the fundamental human rights of all individuals,” González Cabrera continued.
Police are now searching for the suspects.
The incident isn't an isolated case, however. The Advocate says in Jan. 2020, a 43-year-old went missing after meeting with someone they met from a gay dating site. The horrific scheme on the island, believed by local officials to have ended, involves kidnappers luring someone to meet them at a location before robbing them.
The string of crimes had been thought to be dismantled by police.
A human rights advocate said the country should be sending a clear message against attacks on members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“Authorities in Jamaica should send a message that such crimes against LGBT people will not be tolerated by urgently conducting a thorough and independent investigation into the case to bring those responsible to justice,” González Cabrera said.
The country implemented the 1864 Offences Against the Person Act that intends to punish acts of "gross indecency" between males, and advocates say it legalizes anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination. Community advocates continue to urge lawmakers to repeal laws that incriminate consensual same-sex conduct.