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BBC investigation uncovers sex abuse in Unilever tea farms

A BBC investigation has uncovered widespread sexual abuse on tea farms which supply some of the biggest international brands, like Lipton.

More than 70 women on the tea farms, owned by British companies, told BBC they had been sexually abused by supervisors. Secret filming showed local bosses, on plantations owned by Unilever & James Finlay & Co, pressuring an undercover reporter for sex.

According to the undercover report by BBC Reporter Tom Odula, Finlays and Unilever tea company supervisors in Kericho sexually abuse women, impregnate them and infect them with HIV/AIDs to give them tea plucking jobs.

The Unilever and James Finlay tea farms are on land where British colonizers used torture and killings to violently displace Indigenous Kipsigis and Talai people. The report entitled “Sex for Work: The True Cost of Our Tea- a BBC Africa Eye Documentary” implicate the Unilever Jamji Divisional Manager Jeremiah Koskei, Manager John Chebechok and supervisor Samuel Yebei in the sex-for-work slavery that has left the victims infected with HIV in the process.

Please find the link to the documentary below courtesy of BBC Africa Eye;

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