Senegal is an 'African success story'. Its stable government has never experienced a coup d'état; it's one of the most prosperous countries in the region, and it has more than 80 political parties. Senegal is a tolerant Muslim society, with wide religious freedoms, a taste for sexy fashions, and even legal prostitution. But when Senegal's first gay organization, Groupe Andligeey, tried to have a meeting in 2001 in Dakar the nation's Interior Ministry prevented it. Various Senegalese Muslim brotherhoods exercise a strong political influence in the country. The government and culture consider homosexuality as a moral crime, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $3,000 fine. There has been made significant progress in dealing with HIV. Less than 5% of its population is HIV-positive.