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Rampant Sexual abuse on Kenyan tea farms uncovered

A BBC investigation has uncovered widespread sexual abuse on tea farms which supply some of the world’s most popular brands including Lipton. Dozens of women in Kenya have reported being forced into sex by their managers while working on plantations owned for decades by two British companies.

The tea grown in Kenya’s Rift Valley supplies some of the world’s biggest brands and is worth billions of dollars. However, the BBC has discovered that sexual exploitation is rife in the industry. Many women have reported being forced into sex by their managers in order to get a job.

The BBC sent an undercover reporter, referred to as Katie, to pose as a worker on a plantation owned by Scottish Farm James Finley and Company. She was interviewed by a notorious manager, John Chebochok, who pressured her to have sex with him. Members of the production team quickly intervened and called for help.

James Finley and Company has since suspended John Chebochok and reported him to the Kenyan authorities. The company also states that it has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment and abuse.

This investigation has highlighted the prevalence of sexual abuse on tea farms. It is essential that the authorities take action to protect the rights of workers and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. It is also important that companies are held accountable for any mistreatment of their employees.

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