Plans to build Nicaragua's first gay resort community have been suspended following the arrest of the project's two proprietors, Francis DeFranco, 50, and Jan Van Den Broek, 50, of Belgium, according to the Nicaragua Dispatch.
The two men, owners of Granada's Hotel Joluva and the nearby gay development project known as Club Alegria, were arrested along with two touristsa 55-year-old Canadian and a 65-year-old U.S. citizenand the hotel's 18-year-old bartender. All five are charged with promoting tourism for the purpose of sexual exploitation, pornography and sexual abuse.
However, the number of people arrested is in dispute. According to a Seattle Gay News item, as many as 30 people may have been arrested, with two being U.S. residents. The discrepancy in the number of people arrested may be because some individuals linked with the hotel were reportedly apprehended in other locations.