Saturday August 18, 2018
The hopes of getting relief after escaping war and poverty in Somalia
to settle as refugees in Kenya are getting dashed for many Somali
Most of them are becoming victims of sex tourism as reports on cases of male exploitation keep increasing.
According to a Channel 4 news report,
many Somali women, due to poverty, are being forced into sexual
exploitation as men from their own country who emigrated to Europe and
America are coming back in their numbers to have sex with them under the
guise of marriage.
With promises of a better life abroad, these women go through a fake
marriage ceremony and are later abandoned, usually with children, as the
men return to their families in the West.
Known as vacation marriage, the situation has left many of the life of the victims in shambles.
A victim, Ahan says she has been disowned by her family due to the so-called marriage.
“My brother drives the latest car but says he does not want to see
me. He says he would run over me if he ever sees me…He thinks I have
destroyed the family’s name and reputation.
“My sister was getting married the other day. They said look at your
younger sister. But you, you brought us a bastard in your first
marriage. Now I hate myself, I don’t love myself anymore,” she lamented.
“My son and I don’t have a life. We don’t even have a place to live,” she added.
Ahan’s situation summarises what many other women are going through
in the east African nation, with some even being threatened with death
by their so-called partners if they dared speak about their situation.
Even though the police are coming up with ways to clamp down on the
activities of these sex tourists, it is proving difficult, according to
Kenya was, last year, the only African country ranked in the top 10 sex tourism destinations in the world.
Despite the prevalence of HIV and STD’s, Kenya has reportedly
become a popular destination among older white women who want to have
some fun with a man while on vacation in the country. Children are also
lured into prostitution by tourists willing to pay handsomely for sex in
Somali refugee women are now being targeted by their own men as they tell their harrowing stories in the report here.