I don’t buy the report currently doing the rounds on UPI.com. Check the original story out here from 2012.
I first saw this report on Rod 2.0 a couple of days ago and I must admit I took it with a huge grain of salt.
Now that I have given it some thought, and studied the report itself, there is something about this story that doesn’t ring right.
Jordan-based Al Bawaba reports:
Gay men from Kenya are being lured to Persian Gulf countries, where they are trafficked as sex slaves for wealthy men, a magazine in Kenya reports. Identity, the magazine, says the men are lured by promises of high-paying jobs from college campuses — particularly Kenyatta University — and then transported to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to work as sex slaves, Bikyamasr.com reported.
According to the magazine, due to Kenya’s soaring unemployment rate, the men are easily fooled into this trap. The publication interviewed one Kenyan victim who was promised a job in Qatar but ended up suffering sexual abuse.
Qatar specifically, has no laws against human trafficking, which has made cracking down on the practice nearly impossible. “Qatar is a transit and destination country for men and women subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor and, to a much lesser extent, forced prostitution,” the US State Department stated in a recent report.
Because of high unemployment in Kenya, the victims easily fall prey to the trap, the magazine says.
A number of questions immediately come to mind here. How are the men identified as gay in order to single them out? Poverty and unemployment afflict straight men in Kenya, too, so how come it is gay men that are lured but not straight men?
Gay African sex slave Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, was killed by his Saudi employer, Prince Saud Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Saud, 34, in January 2010 during a trip to London. It is believed that Bandar was purchased as a slave as a young boy to work for the Prince as he had no freedom to leave or travel as he wished. Bandars body bore signs of repeated torture, including bite marks on both cheeks and several knocked out teeth. Al Saud also strangled Bandar with such force that he fractured bones in his neck. Al Saud is both a grandson and great-nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, one of the richest men in the world (Al Saud’s parents are blood cousins). [TMI]
It seemed fitting that one should go to the source quoted, Bikyamasr.com for more information. There is nothing new added to what is already reported.
One needs to put one’s thinking hat on with this kind of story. If it had been any Kenyan gay man lured to Qatar, the UAE or Saudi Arabia and they found themselves trapped as sex slaves, that would make sense. But once one says that he was singled out as a gay man and offered a job in the the Middle East, one should rightly ask some questions:What exactly were you told you were going to do in the Middle East if indeed you were hired because you were a gay man? Why would you think that a place whose hostility to and hypocrisy about homosexuality are well chronicled would specifically look for gay men to go work there?
|Wanted in Qatar: Kenyan gay men|
If it is indeed true that only Kenyan gay men are being singled out for export to rich Arab men’s harems in Dahran, then it stands to reason that these gay men board the flights when they are already aware of the deal. Else, how can you explain that you were recruited as a gay man to go work in Saudi Arabia and you didn’t know that you were going to go provide sexual services? Why would the recruiters specifically select you, the gay man, if it wasn’t to go and offer your sexual services? What else would they specifically want a gay man in the Middle East for?
What is likely true is that any Kenyan men, gay or straight, are being lured with promises of employment. Then when they arrive in Saudi Arabia, their passports are confiscated and they find themselves having to do whatever their hosts ask of them, including performing sexual favors for a pittance.This story has been turned on its head by an agenda-driven publication which is loathe to admit that the hiring is indiscriminate, and that any Kenyan young man who is hired is finding himself at the receiving end of a bad deal. To say it is gay men only would make the situation look a little more palatable to those who might feel that, after all, those lured into gay sex slavery are already gay so they deserve what they get.
It is Kenyan men, straight and gay, who are lured to the Middle East to end up as sex objects, not just Kenyan gay men. It also stands to reason that many of the straight and gay men who board the flights do so when they already know the deal – else the traffic would have died out the moment the sex angle became public. Yet, of course, the exodus will not stop on account of those stories. That’s what money does – it talks to both straight and gay men.1. Man ensnared in Saudi Arabia by Facebook gay honey trap