The Star (Nairobi)

15 May 2014

Kenya: Sexting and Sending Nudes Could Land You in Jail

Photo: Andy Rennie/Flickr
Holding an iPhone (file photo).

Sexting habit has risen to alarming levels on WhatsApp, Google chat, Facebook among others.

Sexting or sending obscene messages could land you in prison. This is according to Christopher Wambua from the communications authority of Kenya.

He said sexting is an offence and one can be fined up to Sh5,000 or be jailed for not more than 3 months.

According to the government, exchanges of obscene, nude personal pictures and adult content sites on smart phones rose by over 60% last month.

Director of public communications Mary Ombara said the habit rose to alarming levels among the teenagers on whatsapp, Google chat, Facebook among others, during the April holidays.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 The Star. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

Kenya: 'Sexting' Could Land You in Prison

Holding an iPhone (file photo).

Sending nude images over instant messaging services and social networks has been made a punishable offence of up to three months in prison, Christopher Wambua from the ... Read more »