In the latest episode of Blind Date, a bisexual couple were sent to a country where sex between two men is illegal.
Beautician Jordan Shannon paired up with male model Jesse Drew and it was revealed that the pair would be heading to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.
It wasn’t until the couple arrived on the West Indies island that they found out that same-sex sexual activity is illegal and men can face up to ten years in prison under the country’s current penal code.
Male same-sex activity is illegal for males in Saint Lucia under Colonial-era laws that were never repealed. There is no hate crime legislation protecting the LGBT+ community from discrimination that takes place outside a working environment.
Jordan told the Daily Star he was left feeling “nervous” after finding out:
“I didn’t know [about the law] until I was told on the way to the hotel. I thought, ‘What the fuck?’.
“The hotel security woman told me how most gay men were in the closet there as homosexuality is illegal. It’s 10 years in prison if caught.”
Luckily Jordan and Jesse returned to the UK without harm. When asked about the decision to send the pair to such a hostile environment, a Channel 5 spokesperson said the decision was made by the production company saying: “We didn’t know and are taking this up with the production company.”
The show is produced by three production companies including So Television, owned by Graham Norton, and Blind date presenter Paul O’Grady’s company, Olga TV.
Both production companies have yet to comment.
The episode does not appear to be available for viewing on Channel 5’s online player.
The pair are due to appear on the next episode of Blind Date to discuss their trip. It is unclear if this segment will go ahead.
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