Shocking details of Nairobi’s live sex shows


Porn movies seem so yesterday in some parts of Nairobi. Weeks of investigations have uncovered shocking scenes of people paying to watch live sex in Makina, Gatwekera and Laini Saba areas in Kibera.

Several video dens have turned to ‘broadcasting’ live shows where residents pay as little as Sh150 to watch men and young girls have sex for at least 15 minutes per session.

Gatwekera slum in Kibera is a jumble of rusted metal roofs that stretches to the horizon. At night, paths in the slum belong to police, muggers, and lately, enthusiastic men who throng video dens to watch live sex.

During the day, men frequent the mabati video dens to watch the latest flick or football game, but at night, the video dens are turned into a stage where people pay to watch live sex, courtesy of shrewd twisted youthful entrepreneurs.

Once inside the packed video den, which can accommodate up to 20 people, bulbs are yanked off their holders, leaving a lone bulb hanging over the stage. The girls, sourced locally, are barely past their teens.

“A show usually has two or three girls. Once the man finishes, people have to pay another Sh150 to watch the girl have sex with a second man,” reveals our source, who was born, raised, and still lives in Ayany area.

The girls, he says, are usually school dropouts.

“Most of the girls who engage in sex-for-view have babies, and they probably prefer being paid for sex in public than stand in the street trying to earn money off prostitution,” says our source.

At times, especially when men are drunk, such viewings get out of hand and some offer up to Sh500 to have sex with the girl.

“There can never be a problem with the police because in most of the viewings, police are usually available. In fact, cops on patrol usually pass by for their share of protection money,” he says.

The entrance fee can be hiked to Sh200 if the girls taking part that night are fresh, youthful and probably underage. In the shows, a female usually has no say as to whether a man should wear a condom or not. It’s the man’s decision.

The girls are often prostitutes who hang out in pubs within the slum. Our source reveals that the girls are paid Sh300 per session, that’s triple what they would earn had they waited for a man to sleep with them for a single shot.

“That’s good money. She can go for two sessions, have sex with two men and earn Sh600 per night. At times, an enthusiastic fan can offer to pay her more if he likes her,” says our source.

The Nairobian can establish that the shows usually start past 11pm once all the pubs close down.

“Anybody passing by might think people are simply watching football and the only way to know what’s happening is paying at the door,” reveals our source. Older residents of Kibera say the live sex shows started almost three years back.  Gavins, a resident of Kibera for the past four years says he has heard of the shows but never attended one.

“The live sex shows are held deep in the slums and it would be too risky to leave Ayany to go watch such a show. How will I come back to my house? I am aware such things happen, I have friends who have watched the shows, but it’s because they live around Laini Saba area,” Gavins says.

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