Why Kenyan inmates “pick up the soap”

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Put yourself in a spot where as a man you have no shilling to your name in a maximum prison yet you need to buy personal effects. What do you do in such a situation? The answer is be someone’s wife.

Kenyan prisons can be tough for newly convicted fellas. Convicts claim that “freshmen”, that is the new convicts, are always on demand and sought after by the older convicts who were sentenced to life imprisonment and have no hope of being free ever or anytime soon. These old convicts in most cases look for potential wives to marry and live happily ever after in prison. They have urges that cannot go unsatisfied during their permanent imprisonment. Not all men opt for celibacy. ” As much as it seems funny, strange or absurd, that is the truth of the matter.

In prison, a man marries his fellow man and provides him with security, which means no one will ever sodomize, bully or harass him while in prison because they are someone’s wife. The married man will just be treated the same way wives are treated at homes and be provided for with everything,” A dominant sexual partner in prison is called “daddy” while their submissive partner is called “kid” or “girl”. The dominant partner has their mate take on the feminine role in order to feel masculinand powerful.

Those willing to go all the way result formalisation of the wedding in prison through exchanging wedding vows and rings, kiss, and eventually cut a cake, or rather any meal that symbolizes a cake. In Kenyan prisons a meal of maize flour completes the ceremony. Conjugal visits or not these men still exercise their sexual freedom.

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