In a city where s*x has been commoditised, men and women are going the extra length to get a dose. Pumping alcohol into a woman or man to loosen their control is no longer cool. The in-thing is a silent k****r nick-named Molly, the latest fad among n******c d**g users in Kenya.
The sugary crystals have become common in Nairobi’s posh parties. It has gained notoriety as the latest r**e d**g, with numerous cases of female users being s******y assaulted by their male companions, dealers or taxi drivers.
Among its street names are clarity, hug, lover’s speed, beans and love d**g. “Molly makes you hyper s******y active, and excited. If there are no ladies around, male users can find themselves touching each other,” a user told Sunday Standard.
Molly is thought by many users to be a “pure” form of M**A or Ecstasy, a h************c party d**g which is often laced with dangerous substances. The d**g was entirely synthetic, based on a s*******t called methylone that is turned into capsules or powder form to be snorted or ingested.
The party d**g of choice for the dance generation, Molly has increasingly come under the spotlight in the past year, surging into popular culture through the mouths of some celebrities.
In Kenya, it can easily be bought around Nairobi, especially in affluent neighbourhoods like Karen, Hurligham, Lavington, Westlands and Spring Valley. Dealers even deliver to known clients’ doorsteps or in their cars and at clubs, according to a recent report in the Standard.
According to the UN World D**g Report, an estimated 10 to 25 million people use Molly at least once a year. In Kenya, it sells for between Ksh3,000 and Ksh 5,000 per 100 grams on the black market.
Molly, which has taken the Kenyan n*******s market by storm despite its l**************g side effects, is a brown sugar crystal substance. Hardly any house party worth its name takes place without Molly, flavoured bhang and c*****e if the attendees include expatriates, rich kids and artists.
A popular club off Waiyaki Way, another in Upper Hill area and several city centre joints are known hotspots. It can be found in basement parkings of high end business complexes that host entertainment spots.
Another nightclub in Karen targeting white settlers and rich Kenyans is also a known Molly j***t. The Westlands j***t is a well-known stop-over for d**g addicts to make rendezvous with their suppliers. Known for its rustic ambience, this club teems with foreign clients.
Here, all you need to purchase a dosage of Molly or c*****e is to be a known customer, be a white expatriate and/or in the company of one.
Hamisi Masa, head of Kenya’s Anti-N*******s Unit (ANU), says the use of synthetic and prescription d***s is on the rise. “We have heard of Molly but there have been no reported seizures. There is a notable use of these d***s by middle-class Kenyans,” Masa said.
It can be easily bought in parties organised by a popular event management company that is Kenya’s unofficial d**g a***e get-together. A d****r of North African origin, who was the main Molly supplier in Nairobi, was forced to leave the country after he was, on more than two occasions, accused of preying on his d*****d female clients.
Molly has similar ingredients as M**A, which was initially developed as medication for d********n and is a combination of laboratory created chemicals. Its users take it either in capsule, tablet, powder or liquid form.
A grandson of former Defence Minister Njenga Karume is one of the s******s facing charges related to the d**g. Police claim they recovered d***s, among them Molly, at James Njenga Kihato’s posh Lavington house in July 2016.
Researchers list Molly’s short term effects as muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, teeth grinding, hyperactivity, increased heart rate, increased temperature and sweating and d********n.
Its long time effects range from insomnia, high b***d pressure, liver complications, schizophrenia, jaundice, memory loss and attention deficit.