The Sex Dens of Kondele

The Sex Dens of Kondele

By Michael Oliech Okunson (@MikeOkunson)

It’s a normal Friday afternoon in the boda boda city of Kisumu. The ubiquitous hot and wet Kisumu weather is unignorable, so is the smell of fish and dust from the road construction.

I meet my usually jovial friend Otieno who wasn’t his cheery self today.

I can tell something is wrong by the look of his face.

He is usually free with me so he decides to be talk.

“Mike there is a big problem in kondele. Young girls are being used in the sex industry at kondele. I feel so bad that girls below the age of 15 are in this business of prostitution. It’s a pity that such girls do sleep with very old men in fact older than their parents for only fifty shillings. These girls operate from eleven until morning hours.”

Otieno, noticing the disbelief in my face, drags me to see for myself.

As soon as the dark of the night creeped in, young girls barely into their teenage years started trooping into the parlour.

I asked Anyango* later why she feels she has to do that.

“I need money. I am an orphan with nobody to take care of me, nobody to buy me pads or other things I need.”

She tells me that business is not bad.

“On a good night I sleep with over five men. They pay me fifty shillings if we use condoms and eight hundred shillings if we don’t use.”

It’s clear what her choice is.

Otieno asks me what NAYA KENYA will do about this.

“Law enforcers know about this and are doing nothing about it. Most of them actually receive bribes not to do anything. NGOS aren’t any different as most just come here, conduct research in the area and leave with data.”

He feels that civil society organizations have an important role to play in such dialogues.

Teenage prostitution is real in kondele area and I just wish this issues is dealt with once for all.

Otieno feels that most of the coverage on Kondele on traditional and new media platforms are all about vices, yet the youth of the area are much more than social misfits.


Sex Exploitation of children in all its forms is a crime according to the constitution and other local and international instruments.


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July 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm

This is indeed a sad story.What should we do,what action as youths and leaders to take?This needs us to join hands and work towards a common goal.We need to help where we can.Lets inform the society. This hapens because of lack of knowledge and information.If this lady was aware of the outcome of what she is doing she would have made up her mind and change that habit. We have ways that we can empower these young girls to make ends meet instead of doing these kind of business.Thank naya kenya for what you are doing.God bless you.


    March 2, 2016 at 5:07 am

    so publicly. I was rieasd to respect my elders and so I did the best I could with it until I just blew up! Now after 33 yrs of marriage and raising 3 outstanding men, I am divorced and free of her anger. But, it has left me with scars and now I’m still angry at my ex for not being the priest of our house that God called him to be and that sounds a lot like the blame game doesn’t it? Yep, I guess it does. I’m going to really work on this study. Hope you do too. God bless you for your honesty and for your courage to put it out there so that people like me could identify and try to make a change.TC Benson


July 28, 2015 at 4:42 am

please do something to help this teenagers .


July 28, 2015 at 6:02 am

Its so sad that we live in such a society..The girls need to be taken in a good .enviroment .where they can learn freely without selling off their bodies they might get std’s or unwanted pregnanicies.May God protect them


August 28, 2015 at 4:04 am

This is social decadence and NGO’s should empower the girl child and the government too with the regards of sectoral laws in Kenya im buffled with the teenage prostitution and it is alarming to the western world what luo Nyanza is doing about the meness.


September 17, 2015 at 10:38 am

my heart always cry out for the girl child especially the orphans who at tyms is the head of their household…… empowerment with information and other life skills can save most of them out of this dead end lifestyle

peter martin

March 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

It’s so paining to learn that our sisters n mothers involves themselves in such activities. Bt who is to blame 4 dis? Lack of job n poverty rxlts to all dis …may God save kenya

Nancy oyugi

March 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Its sad indeed to hear such heartbreaking story…it is always said that if u educate a girlchild the whole community is educated …I suppose something could still be done…thanks naya Kenya for the initiative that u r taking… I believe that if we can stand in solidary,these girls can still b saved…it all calls for multisectoral collaboration

Joash Agak

October 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm

its so bad ,and the only way is to pray for such under- age girls who join the worst bussines


November 19, 2016 at 4:31 am

It is very sad to here such kind of a thing. We should not blame the girls,the society is to be blamed.Coz they have miss a mark ,they should ensure that orphans are taken care of so as not to engage themselves in those dirty businesses to make their end meet.Bravo to NGOs who are working hard to ensure orphans and less fortunate in the societies have access to basic needs..

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