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Abu Dhabi: Five cross-dressing Saudi men were arrested for daring to walk the streets of the Northern Borders province, bordering Iraq and Jordan, taking a video and posting it on social media, local media reported.

“What the men did was inconsistent with the public morals of society,” a spokesperson for the Northern Borders Police said.

The Saudi government prohibits cross-dressing and being transgender. Criminal sanctions for cross-dressing tend to be the same for homosexuality: imprisonment, fines and, for foreigners, deportation.