Pornography worsening weird sex practices

The emergence of pornography in Kenya is contributing to sexual perversion as witnessed in the arrest of a paedophile in Nairobi last weekend. The 30 year old man was found with a vast collection of sex video tapes, DVDs, magazines and photographs.

A Kenyan website advertises sex services.

A Kenyan website advertises sex services.

The description given of the man’s lifestyle shows classic symptoms of a porn addict. He couldn’t stop himself from collecting explicit material at every chance. He continually hired prostitutes to satisfy his sexual cravings but when he got bored of it, he turned to his neighbours’ children.

So depraved was this young man that he roamed the streets with a camera photographing women. Later on, from the dingy comfort of his slum abode, he got kicks just looking at the photos. However, this case came to light because the accused basically gave himself up by printing the photos in a city centre studio. The staff, shocked by the images, called police.

There are scores of individuals addicted to pornography and subjecting themselves and their families to untold suffering. Cases of HIV/Aids, STDs, incest, child abuse, homosexuality and bestiality are increasing thanks to images supplied mostly from the internet.

At least 60% of the internet consists of “adult entertainment,” a polite term for pornography.  Unfortunately, Kenyan entrepreneurs are doing roaring business supplying sexually explicit stuff for just a couple of hundred shillings. Today, there is a booming industry in locally produced pornography which has not only enmeshed commercial sex workers but has trapped scores of unemployed youths eager for a quick shilling. Posters advertising the videos are pasted all over the city.

Once you agree to participate in a pornographic video, you can be forced to do anything. As audiences get bored watching “normal sex,” film producers must come up with bizarre sex acts that will stimulate their market and increase sales. This inevitably involves creating videos of group sexual orgies, homosexuality, lesbianism, sex with children and sex with animals.

In the Western world, the pornographic market is so accustomed to weird sex that porn producers are showing real life scenes of rape, torture and death. Some of the stuff coming out of western studios is too sickening to be described in a decent forum such as this one. The question is: Will the Kenyan pornographic industry head the same direction?

The growing number of strip clubs is certainly not helping the situation. As competition among entertainment joints intensifies, club owners feel pressured to have naked women dancing on table tops. In Nairobi city alone, there are at least a dozen strip clubs that advertise openly. It is said that a famous entertainment club in the eastern part of Nairobi offers rooms for Shs600 (US$7.8) for those who want to have sex with its strippers.

Pornography and strip clubs make people want to try out things that are best left in fantasy land. Pornography creates a false idea of sex especially in the minds of impressionable young people.

The liberalized world of today means that 10 year olds are already exposed to sex images through the media. Sex is a gift to humanity meant to strengthen the bonds between an adult couple consisting of man and woman and who are either married or intend to marry. The natural by-product of sex is pregnancy and the rearing of children.

Pornography debases sex, cheapens human life and makes a mockery of our emotions. In pornography, anything is accepted as long as it provides pleasure. Pornography turns sex into a win-lose game where one person gets all the pleasure while the other is subjected to intense pain and humiliation. That is why people addicted to pornography – such as the young man arrested in Nairobi – feel nothing about abusing 8 year old children.

High unemployment among the youth is worsening pornography, prostitution and stripping. Kenya’s economy is not growing fast enough to provide jobs to its youth. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people join the labor market from universities, colleges, high schools and grade school. There are simply not enough jobs for all of them. Its obvious that many of these youth will turn to the sex trade in order to acquire the glitzy lifestyle they so much want to achieve.

A significant number of young women in Kenya earn their living by engaging in relationships with politicians, executives, diplomats, senior state security officials as well as tourists. The relationships involve the lavishing of gifts, housing, cars and cash in exchange for sex. Youthful men are also getting into the game by offering sexual services to upper-class men and women. At Kenya’s coast, there are married men getting involved with female tourists for money with the full knowledge of their own wives.

So brazen has the sex industry become that recruitment is done openly through newspaper classifieds and websites. One notorious website invites job applications complete with a passport photo with promises of, “immediate employment.”

The prolific trade in flesh and pornography is contributing to organized crime in Kenya. Distribution of pornography, emergence of prostitution rackets, human trafficking and sale of narcotics are controlled by vicious mafia-like syndicates that operate outside public view.

It is difficult to tell whether the Kenyan government has the capacity to tackle this brave new form of criminal activity. The so-called “crackdowns” have not succeeded in stemming the vices.

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40 Responses

  1. If you plan to be taken as serious commentators, at least do some research before you publish and stop making wildly innacurate guesses.

    This statement for instance:
    “At least 60% of the internet consists of “adult entertainment”
    How did you come up with that figure? Where’s the evidence? Where’s the research that’s established that this is the case? I ask because all reputable sources say that internet porn makes up only about 1% of the content on the internet. See below
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15721799/

  2. I have lived in the US for more than 30 years now. Your article states:

    In the Western world, the pornographic market is so accustomed to weird sex that porn producers are showing real life scenes of rape, torture and death….

    What you are referring to are snuff films. Before you write an article and start throwing stones in a house you think isn’t made of glass, u should do a little research.

    Snuff films, films of real rapes and bestiality are illegal in the states and any producer stupid enough to carry out such disgusting filming is setting himself up for decades in prison.

    So you are way off track on your comment. This article is blatantly opinionated and you are incorrect in several areas. You need to do some real research and pull real data before writing such bunk.

    It seems to me that you are attempting to diminish the seriousness of Kenyan porn by inventing falsehoods about other countries.

    Rape and death are serious, punishable crimes and to state that Westerners (more than other groups) plan to film rape and death to earn a profit is just a sick and disgusting as it is incorrect.

    Learn how to do some real research before writing such spurious and unfounded comments. Seems like you are more interested in being an opinionated bone-picker versus a journalist interested in reporting the truth.

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  3. @IM

    The MSN article whose link you provided does not say that only 1% of internet content is pornography. Here is what it says:

    About 1 percent of Web sites indexed by Google and Microsoft are sexually explicit, according to a U.S. government-commissioned study.

    1.7 percent of search results at Time Warner Inc.’s AOL, MSN and Yahoo Inc. are sexually explicit and 1.1 percent of Web sites cataloged at Google and MSN fall in that category.

    About 6 percent of searches yield at least one explicit Web site, he said, and the most popular queries return a sexually explicit site nearly 40 percent of the time.

    What this means is that if you enter a random search query into MSN, Google, AOL or Yahoo, there are good chances that you’ll get a pornographic website listed in the results. This is not an indicator of the actual extent of pornography on the internet. The truth is that more than half of websites are oriented towards pornography. More than half of network traffic and emails contain sexually explicit content. You may not be aware of most of these websites because they are not advertised publicly, instead, they advertise through word of mouth, junk mails, etc.

  4. @ Dave Roslyn
    Snuff films are illegal but that has not stopped people from doing them. Our article does not intend to diminish the seriousness of Kenyan porn. Quite the contrary. By describing how the porn industry has developed elsewhere, we intended to show the dangers that Kenyans face by allowing pornography to proliferate freely. Sooner or later, the buyers of Kenyan porn will get tired of “normal” stuff and start demanding more depraved scenes. Pornography is like a drug: addicts need higher and higher doses to get the same level of excitement as before.

  5. This article is full of sweeping generalisations. It is obvious that there are religious undertones to it eg

    “Sex is a gift to humanity meant to strengthen the bonds between an adult couple consisting of man and woman and who are either married or intend to marry”

    Who told you this?

    Where is the emperical research to state that HIV infections are proportional to porn exposure in a society? Does that mean that sub saharan Africa has the largest porn industry? On the contrary. Porn is not inherently addictive much in the same way not all alcohol marijuana users become addicted. The articles reference to wierd sex such as rape, torture and death in the western world is one of those typical Kenyan bible/quran thumping folk “they are polluting us” syndromes. This does not happen disproportionately in the west. much as Kenyans are not disproportionately prone to child abuse or carjacking. Not very elightening writing in my mind.

  6. to some extent i laud your article, though there seems to be alot of discordant and discontent voices herein , i believe you are on point in taking note that this issue is of grave concern! Lewd sexual practices and passionate stimulation for the same does no good to any society!

  7. “Pornography turns sex into a win-lose game where one person gets all the pleasure while the other is subjected to intense pain and humiliation. That is why people addicted to pornography – such as the young man arrested in Nairobi – feel nothing about abusing 8 year old children.”

    I’ve read through your article a number of times and although i apprecite the message of concern the writer intended to convey, all this is lost in the baseless arguments that the writer posits. There’re quite a number but i decided to go with the one I quoted above.
    What you’re basically saying is that all porn involves humiliating one individual and subjecting him/her to pain at the expense of the other. I think what you’re referring to here is sadomasochism, which is just one extreme category of porn. Did you know that there’s soft-core porn that is aimed at the female market and in this and many other forms, it is not a win-lose game as you allege. Yes, there is some really sick degrading forms of porn out there but don’t base your whole article in this particular form of ‘adult entertainment’.
    Lastly, the part of the article i quoted above implies that every porn addict is a paedophile. As a person who has done psychology, let me inform you that paedophilia is a whole other ball game and most studied cases of this sickness do not result from watching porn. However, the one part of your article i agree with is that the trend towards child porn in Kenya and the world at large is very alarming. Such sick individuals fuel their desire from producing and distributing such disgusting and it worries me to bring up my child in the kind of Kenya we live in today.
    So in future, if you want other readers to take your articles seriously, its important that you undertake ADEQUATE RESEARCH before making very wild and baseless claims. I think many of the articles I have read on your website tackle very important and current issues and for that i applaud you. The only important thing lacking in many of them is that journalistic touch.

  8. The sex and porn addicts will always respond negatively to articles like these.

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  10. You are doing a great job. Its just a matter of time before we start seeing the so called “snuff films” in Kenya

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  17. Much discussion and arguing about who has facts and who doesn’t won’t help at all. What will we do about it? It is no use writing accurate scientific papers if in the end no one really wants to do anything about it. I find that those who are criticizing this article on the basis of accuracy of research are not doing so out of an intention to solve the problem but rather to have an academic description of the problem in a manner that reduces it to an excellent paper that is of absolutely no use to the helpless Children who have been abused.

    Does it matter if just one case of pornography causes only one Child to be abused? Ask yourself, do you really care about that one Child? Do we have to wait for scientific statistics of millions of Children who have been abused by porn addicts for us to finally accept that we need to take action?

    As much as some of the authors sound academic, they really have no sense of responsibility and care over that one Child who gets abused or that one porn addict who has abusive ideas. In reality, they are trying to down play the problem while sounding academically proficient!

    Keep it up. Good work

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  20. In your article you pose the question: Will the Kenyan pornographic industry head the same direction? I think the question should be,Why is there even a “porn industry” in Kenya.many people dont know what is involved in porn production, suicides,alcoholism,drug addiction,low self esteem,Aids,STDS ,abuse etc.Most of the actors esp female are run-aways from home with very sad stories.If people knew the real stories behind the faces, no one would watch porn.The sick people are the producers,mostly whites males in the USA.It is Americas dirty little secret!

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