Following the June Iraqi police raid on an LGBT run safe house in the city of Kerbala, Interior Ministry forces have raided a male beauty parlour in Baghdad seizing five gay men.
The new raid happened 25 June on a house used as a business for services such as waxing and massage in the Baghdad district of Karada.
Such services have long been used in a country with a body building tradition.
Iraqi media coverage, which included three days of TV reports, however described the house as used for prostitution.
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