A Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) female student has vowed never to return to Pirates beach after she was s3xually assaulted by a gang of teens beach boys.
The lady whose name has been withheld for fear of victimisation was forced to cut short her time at the beach after the teens started preying on her.
She said one of the teens beach boys tried to drag her into the deep seas and when she tried to raise alarm, his colleagues became aggressive.
The 20-year-old student had to swim back to the shore as the only measure of escaping the teen’s beach boys’ plans, as her attempts to tell them off bore no fruits.
“I was swimming with two of my friends when some boys came where we were and kept pestering us. Initially, we thought they were part of the crowd enjoying themselves around us and we didn’t make much of it,” she said, as quoted by the Nation.
“However, we noticed they were now getting really close, with one of them swimming towards my floater and trying to drag me into the deep waters. It kept happening and every time I told him off, his friends got aggressive. I had to swim out,” she added.
This is not the first case of the teen gangs preying on women at the beach. Similar cases have been reported to the police.
However, Mombasa Police Commander Johnston Ipara said such cases haven’t been reported recently following the launch of 24-hour surveillance at the beach.
“We decided to establish the police post to curb these cases. So far, we have been successful,” said Mr Ipara.
Despite the Kenyan coast being ranked the best in the world five years in a row, the beach boys menace is slowly diminishing tourism returns.
The chair of Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Adan Ali said the menace had caused negative publicity of the area particularly through the internet leading to depleted returns.
Ali therefore challenged the government to move with speed and address the problem adding, “These people have given the Kenyan coast bad publicity as they deny visitors good time and peace of mind as they enjoy coastal beaches.”
Ali said before tourists visit the country, they carry out extensive research online and contact tour agencies who are discouraged by the presence of beach boys.
“If the mess is cleared, the country’s tourism numbers from visitors to the coast will increase by 25 per cent which will positively improve the country’s blue economy and benefit coast residents and the country at large,” advised the MP
The legislator revealed this Saturday during Mombasa’s Jomo Kenyatta beach cleaning exercise in commemoration of the world oceans day.
The beach boys have in the past been accused of s3xually harassing visitors to the beaches in the guise of training them to swim where they demand for s3xual favours while in deep seas.
Many end up giving into their demands for fear of being drowned and sometimes get infected with STDs including HIV and AIDS.
The beach boys allegedly operate in cartels inside the water where they protect those in the act and scare suspicious onlookers.
The newly formed marine police unit should stay vigilant of this bad crop of Kenyans hurting the blue economy.