The LGBT magazine Identity has exposed a terrible sex-trafficking scheme involving male college students from Kenya that are duped into heading to the Middle East with the promise of jobs as flight attendants and administrative assistants.
After collaborating with corrupt immigration officials to secure their paperwork, though, the men are shipped off to the Persian Gulf and employed in abusive sex work in countries like Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
One of the victims, Paul, told Identity Magazine that he was promised a job with Qatar Airways but ended up suffering at the hands of these traffickers. “Most of them were sexual sadists. I was beaten, urinated on and even one time someone defecated on me. All this time I was being abused sexually and some even inserted hands and objects in my anus.”
The scam, said to be focused on Kenyatta University, is particularly attractive to gay men.
The high level of unemployment and desperation leads many gay men to seek greener pastures. Some are even told that they will be ‘international call boys earning millions by servicing rich men.’
The Middle East news site Al Bawaba notes that limited or non-existant sex-trafficking laws in countries like Qatar make stopping the practice “nearly impossible.”
And Mark, a gay Canadian in the UAE, told Bikya Masr:
“We have seen a lot of the elite and super wealthy want to be gay, but that would go against their traditions, so instead they often marry and then hire or do this kind of thing, to have their real desires met. It is a problem of society not opening up to the gay lifestyle and forcing it to the background.”