K4A - About Sexual Tourism
When you walk along the beach on the Kenyan coastline
you will be surprised at the number of couples
comprising of young men at their early twenties holding
hands with older women. One can estimate the age of
these women to be around 60s and 70s. These pensioners
tour Kenya in search of young men who will do anything
for them in exchange for money.
Young men eye the pension and big money that come
after a hard days or nights work. They proudly refer to
this relationships with the elderly as ‘kibarua’. The
local community around the coast estimates that every
four of the six visiting elderly women are sex tourists
and are willing to spend all their money on these young
Some of these young men are married and their wives know
the kind of job they do and encourage them.
Interestingly, some couples agree to engage in sex trade
on the side: the man seeks and old woman for economic
support, while the wife seeks an elderly tourist.
‘Spouse Swinging’ is in vogue at the coast.
Younger women in twenties find their way to the coast
to harvest the tourism bonus as they call it. This is a
trend coming up and most parents are now worried seeing
their sons and daughters walking with an old man as long
as he has a coloured skin.
The boy child at the coast is at risk of extinction.
They are preyed by drug dealers and sex tourists. If
nothing is done to rehabilitate these young men, in ten
years time there will be no families along the Kenyan
The risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually
transmitted diseases can not be overlooked. Most of
these elderly men and women do not entertain the use of
condom. The young men have other side relationships (mipango
ya kando) and most of them are married.
Sex tourist come eyeing Maasai young men. Most of
these young Kenyan men are not Maasai but dress and
behave like Maasai. You might find a Kamau or Otieno
dressed in Maasai attire to seduce these sex hungry
Plenty of the part-time sex workers at the coast live
a double life. Some are bisexuals while others are gay.
We at Kenya For Africa have decided not play the
watching game everybody is playing and we have intiated
a way of talking to, teaching and councelling the
affected. Our long term goal being to build a rehab
center where we will help them from as well as teach
alternatives methods of livelihood.