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Sex for fish culture killing family unit at L. Naivasha

13 February 2015, 15:43

Nakuru - The sex for fish culture among fish traders and fishermen at Lake Naivasha has been blamed for the rising HIV prevalence rates and family breakups in the area.

Naivasha sub-county commissioner, Abraham Kemboi said that majority of female fishmongers are single not because they chose to, but because their husbands left them after they found out that they were engaging in the sex for fish trade.

Speaking Friday when gave out free condoms to Lake Naivasha fishermen and boat operators ahead of valentine’s day, Kemboi said that majority of fishmongers who are mostly women are not only single but also living with the HIV virus.

“The culture of exchanging sex for fish is a common practice here at the lake and it is a real threat to the existence of the family unit because most families are breaking up or parents dying of AIDs and leaving behind children. The spread of HIV is high because the fishermen sleep with multiple women and mostly without protection and the same women will tomorrow sleep with a different man not forgetting they will go home and sleep with their husbands and that is how people are dying,” said Kemboi.

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He called on fish traders to guard their dignity by shunning away from fishermen who ask for sex in exchange for fish.

Lake Naivasha fishermen and boat operators chairman, David Kilo, said that they have put measures into place to ensure that no female fishmonger falls victim to the marauding sex pets who have invaded the lake in the name of fishing.

“As much as we are trying to fight this culture, it is also important for all women at the lake to stand up and do what is right. They should stop falling into the traps of these hungry men because they have the ability to do so,” said Kilo.

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