Poverty forcing Kenyan men to rent their wives to white tourists in exchange for money

Why should I make another woman rich yet my wife is jobless?” James Kimani, a tour guide at Kilifi, asked after a tourist asked him to hook him up with a woman for a weekend.

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Kimani said the tourist was rich. He had seen him sponsor all his five friends on various excursions and he wanted a lady to keep him company during his holiday in Kenya.

After giving it a thought I said, ‘Yes I have a nice, bubbly woman. She is dark-skinned, well endowed and naughty. She is my younger sister, very single and well behaved. I can bring her tomorrow,” Kimani said.


Kimani was describing his wife. They have been married for 10 years.

On the evening of August 2018, he went home and made the proposal to the wife.


“Honey, the man is German. I will take you tomorrow to him. All I need you to do is act like my sister avoid raising any suspicion and satisfy him fully. Once he pays you, we will need that money to pay school fees for our two children,” he said.

The woman accepted and ever since she has been in business. Her husband hooks her up with rich visitors.
She takes home Sh40,000 monthly from the trade.

“We still love each other, we are still married and she supports this family. She is the breadwinner,” Kimani said.
Kimani hooked her up recently with an Austrian man and she has been away from home for two weeks.

“All’s well. I trust she will come back. The longer she stays the more money she brings home. Meanwhile, am taking care of the children as she hustles,” he said.

It has emerged that poverty along the Kenyan Coast is now forcing residents to rent out their spouses to rich tourists for some income.


To beat the rising levels of poverty, some Kenyans have been handing over their wives or husbands to the tourists who want a good time before reuniting with them after the job.

Among the persons already in the job is James Kimani, a tour guide who shared his story above, who says that he has been renting his wife out for such since August 2018, in pursuit of that extra coin.

Kilifi County Police boss Patrick Okeri confirmed knowing same, adding that it has grown to an extent that some women even have two husbands, a European and their original Kenyan husbands.

“Recently there was a case of a woman with two husbands, a foreigner and a Kenyan. She shares her house with the foreign husband when he comes to Kenya and when he leaves the country her Kenyan husband comes back home,” he said.

Paul Adhuoch who heads Trace Kenya, a child rights organization, says that the same also affects children who are also targeted by the tourists for sex tourism.

He says that over 13,000 minors engage in sexual activities along the coastal counties annually, the majority of them being girls.

This, he says, has resulted in an increase in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

Culled from Kenya’s Star Newspaper.