Kibera women offer free sex in exchange for water due to lack of funds


The ongoing water rationing in Nairobi has dealt a big blow to slum dwellers. Lack of water has led to a rise in divorce, separation, fights among married couples and even sex trade.

With the water rationing exercise that kicked off in January still in effect, some married couples have been compelled to go their separate ways.

BBC Africa visited Kenya’s largest slum called “Kibera”, in which women told of their suffering in such waters. The women said water prices were high, which prevented them from paying. In this situation, some of them end up selling their bodies in exchange for water.

According to the BBC, these women preferred to hide their identities for security reasons. One of the women said this one day when she went to fetch water later that evening. she was attacked by two young men at a water station and tore her clothes and raped her. After losing consciousness, they left her just so people could find her in a bad condition the next morning.

Another woman said at the water station there are people who smoke marijuana and abuse women by holding them inappropriately and others being raped if they show up alone.

According to BBC Africa, another woman said she often could not afford water due to lack of funds. So she slept with water vendors to get twenty liters of water.

“I had to sleep with a water vendor because I could not pay for the water I took on loan for several days.” One woman said.

The situation has become so dire for months that some couples have been forced to go for days without taking a bath, considering the amount of dirt they accumulate on a daily basis.

With rising cost of living, most of the residents are torn between buying food or water from the little they make on a daily basis, a spot check in Kibera slum revealed to BBC

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    Written by Paul Nyongesa

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