Transgender People Lament Being Subjected To Bribery, Extortion By Police To Survive In Kenya


Some transgender people living in Kenya have narrated how they had been victims of extortion and bribery by the country’s police force. The victims whose experiences were reported in a recent report published by CNN alleged that the only way for them to survive in the Eastern African country is by being ready to pay off their hard-earned money to the security operatives as bribes. According to CNN, police officers in Mombasa arrested a young trans woman in June 2023 and allegedly refused to let her go until she paid them a $50 bribe. Brian, in her late 20s, told CNN that the police held her in their custody for “being drunk and disorderly” when she was leaving a queer-friendly club in Kenya’s second most populous city.

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