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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The sex industry in Kenya is playing a greater role in the economy as a lack of jobs pushes youths into the vice. Interestingly enough, the trade is not growing in the familiar sense of twilight girls but assuming legitimacy through massage parlours, e-commerce websites, tourism, strip clubs and international dating.

A Kenyan website advertises sex services.

A Kenyan website advertises sex services.

A cursory survey by the Nairobi Chronicle reveals that a significant number of young women in Kenya earn their living by engaging in relationships with executives, diplomats, senior security officers as well as tourists. The relationships usually involve the lavishing of gifts, housing, cars and cash in exchange for sex.

Apart from young women, youthful men are getting into the game by offering sexual services to upper-class men and women. As it turns out, many women who have succeeded in Kenya’s corporate sector find themselves single. Often, these women are willing to engage in relationships with younger men in exchange for providing cash and jobs.

At Kenya’s coast, there are cases of 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.”

It used to be that the epicentre of Kenya’s sex trade was on Nairobi’s Koinange Street. For many years, the street was a haven for scantily-dressed women patronized by men in limousines. Not any more. Well, there’s still some business on Koinange Street. However, the fact is that after dark, every street in Nairobi becomes a den of prostitution. Those who know where to look can find a woman or a man willing to have sex for money. Famous restaurants are included in the list of sexual liaison facilities in Nairobi.

Sex trade is taking place right in the heart of the capital city. Certain buildings which house executive offices have rooms hired out for the sex trade. However, knowledge of these facilities is restricted to practitioners and clients in the trade. Its indeed ironical that hundreds of thousands of Nairobians walk past the premises with little knowledge of the actual activities within these panelled walls.

Nairobi’s massage parlours have achieved international notoriety. They are actually brothels in disguise, using the veneer of massage services to operate legitimately. Once inside the parlours, clients are told that for an extra Kshs1,000, they can get “special” services.

The massage parlours are located in respectable, upper-class residential areas such as Hurlingham, Westlands, Parklands, Spring Valley, Upper Hill, South C and even around State House. It is not possible that these establishments exist without the knowledge of authorities. The parlours have a potential destabilizing effect in the minds of young children because of their location. In some cases, clients visiting the parlours have to jump over children playing within the corridors.

Strip clubs are another growing concern, especially within Nairobi. Due to competition, an increasing number of restaurants are introducing strippers in order to gain clientele. Many of the girls are highly educated college graduates who turn to stripping for lack of employment. A monthly take-home pay of about Kshs20,000 a month (US$322) is very tempting in a poverty-stricken economy such as Kenya’s.

And then there’s the hidden face of prostitution: international dating. A survey in Nairobi cyber cafes found an overwhelming number of youth scanning their photos and uploading them to dating websites such as Match.com and Adultfriendfinder.com.

One thing that must be understood is that young people in Kenya do not join dating websites so as to get their own age-mates for romance. Far from it, majority of youths joining dating websites want to hook up with elderly, rich white men from Europe and America. The hope is that with marriage, comes the prospects of gaining citizenship in those countries. In the meantime, there will be constant demands for money to take care of “emergencies,” “school fees,” “rent,” and the like.

As a consequence, all across Nairobi will be found women renting expensive apartments, living big and buying the latest mobile phones. The women, more often than not, do not have an identifiable source of income.

Occassionally, some of the foreign men come to Kenya to visit their newly found girlfriends. Scenes of octogenarian Caucasians walking arm in arm with young Kenyan girls are quite common in our streets. Maternity hospitals in Kenya are also recording an increase in inter-racial babies born to unmarried mothers.

There is strong evidence that the sex trade is contributing to human trafficking. Some of the massage parlours and strip clubs in Nairobi are providing women from as far as India, Phillippines, South America and Eastern Europe. Experience from other parts of the world would indicate that these women are subjected to horrific human rights abuses. It is a well-known fact, for instance, that clubs in Nairobi specializing in Eastern European women are patronized by shady personalities from former communist countries.

One girl working in a massage parlour told the Nairobi Chronicle that, “its a crazy life.” The women are subjected to long working hours with few breaks. Those who provide hotel or home services often get sent off without pay. Meanwhile, things are not better for those young people dating over the internet.

There are rumours that a well-known fashion model who was dating online, got severe injuries when her “boyfriend” visited her in Kenya. It is said that the young woman had to spend thousands of shillings in medical treatment following the rendez-vous.

Kenya’s economy is growing but not 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.

Unfortunately, the sex industry isn’t going to do much in creating a better society. There’s going to be an increase in rapes, in child sex and in perverted sexual practices. There will be a growth in homosexuality. Morals will become relative, that is, as long as it pays then it must be good. That is the crisis facing the youth today and which bodes ill for the future of Kenya.

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