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Extortionists exploit sodomy law

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2015 | 12:05 PM


Jamaica's 2011 Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms appears to constitutionally entrench the 1864 British colonially imposed anti-sodomy law. Britain repealed this law because, among other things, it was regularly used to blackmail high-profile gay men - hence the term 'Blackmailer's Charter'.

Similarly, gay Jamaicans have been extorted by their ex-partners, including in recent times. Nevertheless, the anti-sodomy law supports a climate of homophobia that gives licence to malfeasance and greed.

Hopefully, the harmful effects of the archaic statute will encourage our leaders to do the right thing and chuck the law.