Report: Kenyan men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf states
Gay and bisexual Kenyan men are being lured to Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves, a Kenyan magazine is reporting.
According to Identity magazine, the men, often desperate to get jobs given Kenya’s high unemployment rates, are offered positions as air stewards or in offices and given help with visas and passports.
LGBT Asylum News reports:
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.
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