04-07-2022 by redazione
Filming scenes from above, bleaching their skin, and having fun in bed with various ammenities, perhaps smoking a water pipe.
What do these human-related situations have in common?
First of all, Kenya and to a large extent Kenyan citizens, but also the tens of thousands of foreigners who frequent it, and then items that it seems today it is difficult to do without, at the cost of carrying them in one's suitcase even without reporting them regularly as one should.
This at least transpires from the list of items seized at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Items that were scanned and found by airport authorities and that those trying to import them into Kenya should have reported at various levels. It must be said that not all of the items we discuss below are illegal in Kenya, but the law is clear: every new product purchased must bear a receipt of purchase indicating its origin and cost. Then there are also items whose importation is prohibited outright. As top airport authorities report, most of the travelers stopped with these products said they were unaware that they were prohibited items. Except for those traveling with a Caliber 9, of course.
Let's start with what is one of the technological innovations of recent years, drones.
Despite the government's very long gestation that gave birth to a law requiring special licenses to be made for those who want to use drones on the Kenyan alone to take pictures, there are many passengers from abroad who (some unaware of these rules) disembark at JKIA armed with the famous radio-controlled spacecraft. In this case, the seizure is implemented for lack of licenses, which, once paid for and in the possession of the owner of the drone, will allow its use on all territory except military, protected and private areas without the consent of the legitimate owners.
Soaps and creams produced and used to lighten skin are being seized daily at the Nairobi airport. Kenyans show that the market for these findings, which are not always approved and tested in Kenya, is very much alive and growing, so much for "black lives matter." Many of these "cosmetics" are not available in the country, so there are those who, when traveling abroad, take the opportunity to fill their suitcases with them on their return. Often forgetting to keep the receipt and, in the case of pharmaceuticals, to have a prescription from the attending physician.
A few years ago the fashion for Shisha, or flavored tobacco for smoking in hookahs, broke out in Kenya. It was a fad from the East that many Indians, Pakistanis, and Middle Easterners with Kenyan passports were already familiar with and practiced often, so much so that before the pandemic several establishments had sprung up in Nairobi and on the coast offering Shisha as a kind of comfort along with food and drink. Given the rampant fashion and restrictive smoking laws, the government has repeatedly regulated the public use of hookah and finally in 2017 Kenya imposed a total ban on the consumption and use of water pipe tobacco. Although it is not a drug, there are evidently those who cannot do without it, as shisha tobacco and hookahs rank among the most seized goods at Nairobi Customs.
Kenyans, driven by the spread of the Internet and the excessive freedom that is offered even to the young and very young who hold a cell phone, have discovered erotica and pornography in the last decade. It should be noted that in Kenya since time immemorial the distribution and viewing of pornographic material, magazines or films, has been punishable by imprisonment. In this climate of excessive self-righteousness, it is natural for men and women to venture into horizons not yet explored. One of these concerns so-called "sex toys," sexual accessories. Phallic objects and the like are among the most scanned and seized "paraphernalia" by law enforcement agencies, as they are absolutely prohibited in Kenya.
GUNS AND BULLETS
It is not news that among the most seized items in Kenyan airport customs are guns and bullets. These kinds of items top the charts at any airport and more or less every nation. Even in Kenya there are those who import guns, especially small-caliber if not even "handbag," compressed-air or scatterguns, and related ammunition. Not only real bullets, but also rubber bullets.
The clandestine importation of handcuffs always falls within the scope of sex games (in this case sado-masochistic) rather than police items. Interestingly, such items are more likely to be found in women's suitcases than in men's.
In addition to real guns (and while this is less worrisome and disidious, it is even more absurd) among the items most blocked by airport police at JKIA in Nairobi are toy guns and other fake weapons. One would have to get into the psyche of those trying to import them clandestinely (even toy guns in Kenya are banned and can lead to heavy charges) to understand why. Perhaps some people think they can defend and protect themselves this way...just by showing that they are apparently armed.
The spread of insecurity in Kenya's capital and the increase of people who have material possessions to safeguard means that those returning from abroad, along with a bottle of wine or a pack of cigars, also pack a bulletproof vest. This at least says the statistics of unreported items that, according to those who bought them to bring them into Kenya, may be imported.
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