Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kenyan women campaign to end sex-for-fish trade

Women in Kenya are trying to end the practice of female traders having sex with local fishermen in order to secure a regular supply of fish.

Sex-for-fish, known locally as "jaboya", has been blamed for spreading HIV/Aids in western Kenya's Lake Victoria region, but women's groups have launched a campaign which aims to stamp it out.

A project launched by the Victoria Institute for Research and Environmental Development International gives women their own boats, allowing them to repay the cost of the craft through fishing. Dan Abuto, a field officer for the institute, says the repayment money will be pooled, allowing more boats to be built. "The project aims to address jaboya as a public health issue, lessen poverty and gender inequality while being both sustainable fiscally and environmentally," he said.

Widows are said to be particularly at risk from sex-for-fish, especially if they have families to support. Women's groups say the 80,000 shilling (£560, $920) boats will not only end the sex-for-fish practice, which they describe as "rampant", but will also slow the transmission rates of HIV. One local official said that "Jaboya is partly to blame for the HIV/AIDS prevalence. If this project succeeds, the spread of the disease will come down".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I watched a video about the Jaboya System earlier this year Definitely eye opening.