Interesting findings by Kuwait Times reporters. Link and article below
Underground ‘flesh market’ booming in ‘staid’ Kuwait – Prostitutes, pimps change style amid police crackdown
Holding a shopping bag, an umbrella and a mobile phone, Jayanti (who claimed to be from
could be mistaken as a working class lady who was just coming out of a shopping
mall. But after a chat with a Kuwait
Times reporter who posed as an undercover ‘customer’, Jayanti revealed her true
identity – a sex worker. “How much will you pay me,” she asked with a smile.
After negotiating, she agreed to take KD 15 for two hours. When asked why she
was carrying a shopping bag filled with food items, she said “if you walk alone
on the street empty handed, the cops (police) will suspect you, but if you
carry a shopping bag, they will think you went shopping.”
A few minutes later, Kuwait Times spotted another woman in her mid-thirties roaming around near
in Salmiya, who
turned out to be a prostitute too. “Why are you following me,” she queried at
first. After a while, she entered one of the baqalas in the area – pretending
to be buying some things, but when she noticed that we were not cops after our
interactions with her, she started bargaining on the price. “How long do you
want it and how much will you give?” she asked. At the end, we agreed to meet
the following day for KD 20. Apollo
HOME DELIVERY, PROSTITUTION ZONE
Prostitutes and pimps in
In Hasawi, a Kuwait Times reporter who acted as an undercover customer was led to a brothel by a pimp who offered to set him up with a prostitute for KD 5, but eventually settled for KD 3 (per round). It seems
governorates have been divided into prostitution zones. Whereas Ahmadi
governorate is controlled mostly by Filipinos, Hawally governorate is dominated
by Ethiopians while the Farwaniya governorate and part of Salmiya are
controlled by South Asians (Indians, Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis). “We control
this area. We don’t have Ethiopians here. If you want Ethiopians, go to
Hawally,” one Bangladeshi pimp boasted when a Kuwait Times reporter (undercover)
sought an Ethiopian prostitute. “I can connect you to the Arabs including
Kuwaitis who are into this business but you have to pay me KD 8 to get their
contacts. They collect big money and you have to be very careful while dealing
with them,” the Hasawi pimp advised. He gave the contact of another pimp (known
as Big Mama) in charge of Salmiya area, and introduced us to her.
When contacted, Big Mama asked us what age limit we want and how much we were willing to pay. “I have between 25-30 and 30-36 year-old ladies,” she said. “If you want, I can bring them to your house. You don’t need to come and pick my girls, I will tell my special taxi to bring them to you,” she added. After first, she wanted to make sure we were neither Arabs nor South Asians. When asked why she doesn’t deal with Arabs and South Asians, she said “they don’t like to pay and if you demand your money, they will threaten to call the police. Also, some of them are working for the police. Police pay them to catch us (prostitutes),” she added as she narrated their ordeals and ugly encounters with bad clients, police and the health hazards in the prostitution business. Even against all odds, money is still changing hands. Most of our sources requested anonymity for reasons of safety and protection.
In one of the shopping malls in Salmiya, three Chinese ladies were sighted giving out their numbers to selected lucky guys. “How are you! Good man! Call me ok,” one of the ladies said as she clandestinely handed a piece of paper to the undercover reporter. “They always come here in the evening to look for jobs and customers. They come in groups,” one of the shop attendants told Kuwait Times. When asked what kind of job, he said “prostitution of course”. We eventually made the call to bargain. But when asked why they are selective, the Chinese prostitute echoed the same reason given by Big Mama. “Although they (Arabs) are our main customers, they can put you in trouble. They normally don’t like to pay,” she said.
RISKS AND DEADLY BUSINESS
According to most of the prostitutes Kuwait Times interviewed, prostitutes make above KD 160 as monthly income. The risks involved in this illicit business include violence, arrest, slavery, jail term, deportation and infections among others. In Hasawi, we (the
“These prostitutes don’t have resident visas and do not undergo medical tests. This could be very dangerous when they are infected with any sexually transmitted diseases. They will just pass it to their clients who will then pass it over to their wives and kids as the chain reaction continues. Also, the prostitutes can as well be infected by their customers,” Dr Andrew O, a pediatrician at
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(The past paragraph: Really? No shit?...)
I think it is great that they are starting to discuss these problems openly in the media. I would like to know when they are going to start openly discussing Arab prostitutes. You know – the kind who don’t get out of their expensive car at parties for less than 50KD and who you can get “extra” from for 100KD plus per night. Why just discuss imports?