Just a day after an article documenting how the world’s oldest profession is going digital became the most popular article on The Star months after it was written; Faith Washiali Bwibo, daughter of Mumias West MP Benjamin Washiali, was on Tuesday evening charged with sex trafficking in Nairobi.
“Though sex work is illegal in Kenya, business has never been better, whether on the streets or through online connections to dingy brothels, high-class clubs or hotels.
“‘Dating’ apps have made it easy for sex workers and customers to find each other. Many sex workers have accounts on different sites. Devolution has also been a boon to them.
“Some women do it out of poverty, campus-age girls are lured by easy money, while jobless women and children are trafficked into it. Despite the challenges faced, many end up addicted to the flesh trade, as one former sex worker put it.” Caren Nyota wrote on the Star; “Streets, apps and brothels: ‘Illegal’ sex work booming“
That said, Faith Washiali Bwibo was charged before Kibera senior principal magistrate Esther Boke and denied the charges.
The prosecution said Bwibo committed the offence on March 20 at South C’s Mugoya Estate in Nairobi county.
The charge sheet says that she unlawfully and knowingly transported a woman only identified as FJK, for sexual exploitation by means of deception.
Bwibo was charged alongside Abdirizak Adan Abdul who is accused of rape.
On the same day, the charge sheet says that within the same area he raped the complainant.
Abdul had an alternate charge of committing an indecent act with an adult by touching the complainant’s breasts.
In the second count of malicious damage to property, the accused is said to have damaged the complainant’s mobile phone – an iPhone 8 valued at Sh40,000.
The police report says that on the day around 2pm, the complainant received a call from her friend Bwibo who invited her together with other friends at around 4pm.
The police say the complainant received the call from the lady who requested her to take her to a certain place alongside her friends.
After some minutes they were ready and the complainant requested her to order an Uber which was to pick them up.
The complainant then told them to go ahead of her because she needed to seek permission from her father, Mumias West MP Benjamin Washiali.
So they left and the complainant joined them later at and they all proceeded to Carnivore grounds.
When they reached, the accused person, the lady requested the complainant and her friend to take them somewhere as she wanted to see someone and the three went together.
They accused person identified a car and when they all approached it they found the second accused person, Abdi and the complainant remembered how she had heard the accused person speaking to him occasionally.
She says they proceeded to a house at South C where Abdi raped her.
She went to Coptic Hospital where she reported the matter.
Adan allegedly raped the 19-year-old law student on March 2, 2021 in Mugoya estate, South C.
Adan is also accused of allegedly paying large sums of money to a university student to lure young girls into his sex den located in Mugoya estate in South C.
The court heard that Adan has been molesting teenage girls and should be kept away from the society.
“This man raped the victim after she was lured into his house by Faith. Faith was a friend to the victim. She attempted to compromise her by giving her Sh30,000,” one of the lawyers told the court.
Mr Mogere told the court that Adan took the victim to Naivasha and abandoned her. She was rescued by police.
The two denied the charges before a Kibera court through their lawyer who requested that they be released on lenient bond terms.
However, the complainant’s lawyer Amazon Koech objected the application saying that Abdi was a dangerous man to the society.
“The first accused person is dangerous to the society, I pray that this court balances the right of the victim and the right of the accused person,” she told the magistrate.
The suspects were remanded after the magistrate declined to grant them bond.
Boke directed that the matter be mentioned on April 9 for a ruling on the bail applications.
It’s sad that this culture is creeping back into our society in a broad day light.
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