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Kenyan Men Trafficked as Sex Slaves to Gulf States

Kenyan Men Trafficked as Sex Slaves to Gulf States

A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves.

The prestigious Kenyatta University is being particularly targeted, the magazine found. The men are often desperate as Kenya suffers from high unemployment.

Men are offered jobs as air stewards or in offices and help with visas and passports. Officials are bribed to facilitate travel.

They spoke to one victim promised a job in Qatar but who ended up suffering humiliating and violent sadistic sexual abuse. He managed to escape but told the magazine that he had traveled to the Gulf state with five others and they were then separated at the airport.

Qatar has no anti-trafficking legislation and is on a U.S. Department of State watch list for showing no evidence of overall progress in prosecuting and punishing trafficking offenders and identifying victims of trafficking.

Kenya does have anti-trafficking legislation, as of last year, but because homosexuality is illegal in both the Arab states as well as Kenya, the men are unable to report abuse to police.

In July, two men were reported to have been arrested for gay sex in Nairobi. In May, the Kenya Human Rights Commission accused the police of sexually assaulting gay men in their custody.

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2:33AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Not surprised - they oppress their women and animals so much, why not gay men?! Trafficking happens in every country, so this shouldn't be anything new - those poor Kenyan men!

3:09PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Interesting article and comments, thank you.

3:08PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Interesting article and comments, thank you.

3:07PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Interesting article and comments, thank you.

3:06PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Interesting article and comments, thank you.

3:06PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

The article is still a fake, whatever it was meant to do.

11:57AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I believe the point of this article was to point out the horror of human trafficking not who is or is not a closet case....

6:47AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Don't worry David. The story is a hoax. A similar concoction by a different author has been circulated on the internet for some time now which alleged that uni students were being spirited away to the Gulf and Qatar.

The University of Nairobi stated that it had no knowledge of such occurences. All the interviews and testimony came from our old friend "anonymous sources". In addition, the articles are factually wrong. I refer you to the UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on Qatar:--

http://www.arabhumanrights.org/publications/countries/qatar/rapporteurs/a-hrc-4-23-add2-07e.pdf


This states, in part:--

"Discussions are under way to ratify the Palermo Protocol. In the meantime, a specific
anti-trafficking law is being drafted. Law No. 14/2004 (Penal Code) already specifically
punishes human trafficking and applies universal jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute it.
Prostitution and forcing others into prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation is a
crime.16 Living off someone else’s prostitution is considered as an aggravating factor. Abduction
or detaining someone against their will as well as slavery and slavery-like practices are also
prohibited. The exploitation or forcing another to work without pay is punishable with
imprisonment of not more than six months and with a fine not exceeding 3,000 Riyals. The
punishment is increased if

2:36AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Bloody hell

2:47PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

The US used to have a lot of sway with UAE and other Arab states. I wonder if this is just not considered an important enough issue? Just awful how men from Kenya, women, and animals are treated like inanimate commodities in many Arab countries.

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