BBC apologizes to socialite Bridget Achieng over prostitution documentary

Bridget Achieng

Numerous complaints from Kenyans and socialite Bridget Achieng have forced multinational media firm BBC to re-edit a documentary they recently released based on prostitution in the country.

Achieng slammed BBC Africa after they released their documentary dubbed Shuga that focused on high-end prostitution in Kenya.

According to the socialite, she spent months working with them only for BBC to cut everything out and leave a small piece in which she confesses how she joined the business and some of the daunting things ladies in the business are forced to do to their male clients.

"I was shocked I did a 2 months documentary only for them to cut my interviews and make me look like I am a prostitute," she said in an interview with a local blog.

Bridget Achieng

"I hate the fact that media takes advantage of artists and my interview being twisted and all."

Kenyans have also complained about the documentary. Many were quick to attack BBC saying Western media always focus on the negative side of Africa. Never the good things that are happening locally.

BBC Africa responded by re-editing the video and apologizing to the socialite.

"Following some inaccurate coverage of Bridget in the Kenyan media, the BBC would like to make clear that, as we show in our film Bridget ran a jeweler business, contributes to Nairobi Diaries and leads a charitable foundation for children in Kibera.

"She currently runs an interior design consultancy in Nairobi, and has recently announced that she is expecting a baby," the disclaimer read.

Bridget Achieng

In the clip, however, Achieng herself confessed she was a prostitute while starting out. She narrated how she was desperate for money but most of all, that she was naive.

“I had to do it to just get back up, it’s not something any woman should be proud of doing,” she told BBC Africa.

“I tried (the trade), I wouldn’t say I didn’t try, you are a desperate girl looking for money and this guy offers you like 10 thousand dollars (about Sh1 million) to just to go and visit him. 10 thousand dollars! Some people have never seen 10 thousand dollars in their life. You just need to look pretty and get 10,000 dollars and get on that flight and do what you have to do."

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