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The growing craze of sex toys in Kenya

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On Tuesday, the country woke up to laughable incident of abandoned sex toys, enhancement creams, and Viagra pills at the Eldoret International Airport.

The government through Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) issued notice to the owners of the disclaimed goods to collect them within 30 days, failure to which they will be destroyed.

The goods imported through Eldoret International Airport include: 6,000 tablets of the enhancement pill Vigrx Plus, 35 pieces of Viagra (50mg), nine pieces of Cialis 20mg, Magic Chocolate Vimax, pornographic materials, artificial male organs, vibrator and arousal cream.

KRA chief manager-in-charge of Rift Valley Simon Luseno confirmed that the merchandise designated for Nakuru had been left behind after the owners failed to collect them and clear their due custom duty.

“Notice is given that unless the under-mentioned goods are entered and removed from the custody of the Customs Warehouse Keeper, Eldoret and Nakuru within thirty (30) days of this notice, they will be treated as abandoned and will be disposed of by crushing on April 17, 2019,” said the KRA boss.

However, these abandoned sex toys and enhancements is just a small fraction compared to what adult toy sellers import in a month.

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According to Beverly Munga, the owner of G-spot Kenya, a sex products dealer, adult toys are in very high demand. “Every month, I import a shipment of more than 100 pieces of different adult toys. They sell very first,” she said in an interview in a local media.

She further says that, when she started the business of selling sex toys and enhancements about six years ago, her first batch of the imported toys had sold out in three weeks.

“I was very curious of how the Kenyan market would behave because I had not seen sex toys being sold in Nairobi, but within 20 days I had sold out. I was not expecting that. That told me Kenyans wanted these products but were probably hiding behind conservatism,” She told Nation.

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A spot check by our writer revealed nine sex toys online stores operational in the country. They are G-Spot Kenya, Kilimall Kenya, Raha Toys, Doctor Crocodilo, Kenya Secrets, Pazuri Place, Burlesque Naughty Little Things, Wix.com and Jumia.

The taboo and stigmatisation that surrounded the use of sex toys is dissolving as more couples are opting to use them.

The toys mostly imported from oversees have the biggest clientele in Nairobi followed by other towns such as Nakuru, Kapsabet, Mombasa, Marsabit and Loitoktok, among others.

Ms Munga further revealed that men buy the adult toys and enhancements more than women. “It is always perceived that sex toys are only for women but there is a category for men. But in the case of my male clients, most of them buy for their women, girlfriends, wives and then I have those male clients who buy the toys for themselves,” she added.

Therefore, it is safe to say that the taboo and stigmatisation that surrounded the use of sex toys is dissolving as more couples are opting to use them so as to ‘spark’ their relationship in the bedroom.

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Brenda Gamonde
Brenda Gamonde
Brenda Gamonde is reporter with Business Today. Email: [email protected]
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