Leaders want syndicate behind pornographic gay movies arrested
17 February 2015, 14:15
Kwale - Tourism stakeholders, civil society organizations and politicians have asked security agents to arrest and bring to book syndicate behind the shooting pornographic movies of gays in Diani.
Leaders have blamed the vice on certain tourists in the area who have been recruiting young boys into homosexuality.
Several youths aged between 14 and 25 years, some being sons of prominent politicians in Kilifi and religious leaders in the Coast region, are said to have been recruited into the syndicate.
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Msambweni Human Right Watch coordinator Mahmoud Barroh, Sands at Nomads and Chale hotels in South Coast resident manager Ali Mwapishi and politician Richard Onsongo condemned the act and said action needs to be taken to curb the practice.
“Some tourists take advantage of the youth and lure them with money and other goodies before recruiting them,” he said.
Mwapishi said the nude photographs of gays circulating on social media are of known faces.
The photographs are said to have been made public by a cybercafe attendant who was requested to burn a CD for one of the gays.
The cyber attendant has already gone into hiding after receiving death threats according to resident Musa Awardh.
“He had to leave this town for security purposes and nobody knows where he is now after he showed the photographs to his friends,” Awadh said.
Msambweni Human Right Watch coordinator, Mahmoud Barroh said they will petition relevant authorities to ensure those behind the syndicate are dealt with decisively.
“Some of the boys are pupils from some schools in Diani and one of the boys last year represented a certain church in a national youth’s forum,” remarked Barroh.
Barroh said one of the gays whose photographs have been doing arounds is said to have been married to a foreigner in Diani last year.
He added that there is also a lesbianism syndicate in Diani involving five people, among them a daughter of a prominent person in the country.
“We have information that the lesbians meet at a certain villa in Diani and we feel this is something with international links. They might be shooting photographs to sell abroad,” noted Barroh.
The human rights activist added that if the issue is not addressed with the urgency it deserves, many children in the area might end up becoming lesbians and gays.
“Locals are receiving calls from across the world regarding the issue which is destroying the image of Kwale County,” he said.
Politian Richard Onsongo said the county assembly should come with a law to tame such practices in Diani.
Kwale county Commissioner, Evans Achoki said they have already launched investigations and will soon bring the suspects to book.
He said they will arrest any tourist propagating such activities within the area and make sure they are arraigned in courts.
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