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

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04/04/2024

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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