A NEW law signed into law by President Kibaki promises to offer support and compensation to victims of trafficking including university gay men and bisexuals who were lured into sex slavery to Arab countries with promises of jobs.
The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act, which was signed into law by the President more than 18 months ago, came into force after a non-governmental organisation, Cradle, went to court demanding its introduction.
Identity Kenya was the first to shed new light on the nation’s clandestine gay and bisexual male population, members of which are being lured into Arab Gulf-based trafficking rings where they end up as sex slaves for the wealthy.
As reported by Identity Kenya Magazine December 2011 issue, many gay and bisexual men from university campuses — particularly from Kenyatta University — have been transported to labor as sex workers for men in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Gender, Children and Social Development minister Naomi Shaban put the Act into effect after sharp criticism of the country’s weak human trafficking laws in the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the US.
The report says the country is a transit point and destination for human trafficking, with women and children especially being subjected to forced labour and sex exploitation.
“In 2011, gay and bisexual Kenyan men recounted being lured from universities with promises of overseas jobs, only to be forced into prostitution in Qatar.”
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