In Summary
  • Raided three different porn nests in the city.
  • Effectiveness of a raid is close to nil in comparison to the thousands of videos out there.

What started out as a teenage fantasy has developed into a numbness of sorts when it comes to pornographic movies for 26-year-old Jim Gitonga.

“Slide in the tape, sit down and shut up,” he recalls a friend instructing him on day one.

Ten years after his maiden encounter with blue movies, Gitonga knows how to get me a copy for just Sh100 “hapa tu River Road” (here, at River Road), he tells me. Minutes later he is back with a sample in a clear jacket.

Blue movies from River Road are camouflaged as blank DVDs— after all they are pirated with no more than a random name written on it, like … Sally. And that’s it.

Kenya Censorship Board CEO David Pkosing displays captured locally-shot porn CDs: “It’s satanic,” he says. Photo/PHOEBE OKAL

David Pkosing is the CEO at the Kenya Film Censorship Board and his plan is simple: Stir up the comfort zones and get the bad guys. In his four months in office, he has already raided three different porn nests in the city.

In his office, Pkosing displayed samples of what he collected from the last raid in April: Kenyan girls on dogs and even horses! Girls aged between 14 and 16 doing this for Sh3,000 in Nairobi’s River Road and parts of Mombasa. Pkosing has trained his gunsights on certain white men who pose as tourists while putting their movie making skills into lewd use, says.

He pulls out the DVDs from his drawer. These ones are clearly marked, Kenyan girls complete with a sneak peak as the highlight pics are on display. “This is not pornography, this is satanic!” he almost shouts.

But even Pkosing knows that the effectiveness of a raid is close to nil in comparison to the thousands of videos already out there.

So, it narrows down to a 78-year-old censorship board with an unenviable task. Kenya’s law cannot address issues of porn accessibility through the internet or from mobile phones because the Film and Stage Plays Act has been overtaken by technology.

What used to be a white man’s exclusive vice is now made in Kenya. Illicit material is airing in matatus. The fourteen-year-old girls on tape are speaking a Kenyan language. Could this mean that the board is fighting a losing battle? X-rated stuff is all over.

Perhaps even more fashionable is the use of e-technology in ways other than plain on-line chats, email and downloading music. Which is why internet cafes have other customers other than guys polishing up their CVs and sending e-mails.

In any cyber café there will be those who will be devouring content that can only be viewed in public as minimised on-screen pages lest other clients get to know of their lewd ways.

Somebody once wrote that progress and decadence are interchangeable terms. How right he was! Even the mobile phone has acquired obscene uses.

Connected to the internet, the small hand-held gadget becomes the voyeur’s best companion “strictly adults-only” sites are surfed. And there’s no nosy neighbour looking over your shoulder. No nosy policeman. Just you.

Now there are home-made goodies to the eye that craves too. Kenya may be 80 per cent a Christian nation but it has its own official porn site—an adult “entertainment” site that promises lewd wholesomeness.

We will not name it but all the boring parts have been left out, or so they say. The site sells porn DVDs from the west and advertises unclean services that can be had in Kenya.

Since its launch in 2006, the site has been receiving over 500,000 hits in a month. That’s 16,666 daily. If numbers don’t lie then it seems they do not disappoint.

Additional after-sale services on offer include package delivery personalised right into your inbox or that Post office mailbox that you commonly associate with bills and depressing bank statements.

Plain, old rejection

Proximity for them is not an issue. The customer is king. You can be as far as Bomet or Funyula and they’d still deliver.

Then there is the latest craze in town www.facebook.com which enables a network of friends across the globe to chat, meaning it can also bring blue movie addicts together. Facebook is now home to more than 100 porn groups.

Although anonymity is observed in many other similar sites, here, some find it no secret worth keeping. Hitting the “search” button opens a whole new route to porn appreciation, porn support and even disability porn groups! The list is as sordid as it is endless.

According to www.netnanny.com, the male brain and body is wired in a way that it is susceptible to pornographic images whether it’s a 12-year-old boy or a 70-year-old grandfather.

With time, blue stops being just a colour but a lifestyle. According to www.troublewith.com, most porn addicts start early. It maybe a clip of a girl in a music video wearing two pieces max that leads you to the world of wonder, or plain, old rejection that ushers you to the winding road of porn addiction.

Or maybe you’ve been asking yourself, “is my partner enough?” and for some reason you manage to convince yourself that this is better than cheating on her. Whatever the case, for those who came to fancy porn, romantic comedies just didn’t do it for them anymore.

Psychologists say that there are five stages of addiction. At first, there’s the early exposure that takes into account the beginning encounters one gets as well as repetitive exposures.

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