, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 20 – While Kenya has its doors open to tourists, businessmen, donors and charity workers, not all visitors have good intentions.
Some of them are sex pests whose aim is to sexually exploit and rob young boys and girls of their innocence.
Reports of children being exposed to appalling sexual, physical and psychological assault has been a growing trend in Kenya.
It is a development that shows thousands of boys and girls are suffering in the hands of foreigners in form of group sex, sodomy, defilement and assault.
End Child Prostitution in Kenya (ECPIK) report shows that Kenyan children are highly vulnerable to abuse by foreigners.
The report further documents that there are more than 50,000 children involved in child sex tourism.
Besides child prostitution, there are children abused in the least expected places – in the children’s homes.
So rife is sexual abuse against vulnerable children that international activists have petitioned Kenyan and British governments to review their commitment to address trans-national child abuse.
They want the two governments to ‘implement international obligations and set up national and international law enforcement teams to protect children.’
In Kenya, children mostly salvaged from abject poverty of street life and others orphaned at tender age bear the heaviest brunt of sexual violence.
They suffer in the hands of paedophiles and rapists cocooned in the guise of charity workers and tourists.
Behind the commendable images of generosity and humility painted on the walls and gates of most orphanages, are depressing social evils that degrade and leave ineffaceable harm on thousands of children in Kenya.
They suffer lifelong injuries in the hands of those entrusted to care for them.
But the puzzle is that most foreign sex offenders are investigated and prosecuted outside Kenya’s jurisdiction yet the committed the offences in Kenya.
Most times, they don’t face justice locally or internationally – they walk free.
In an international petition, activists are concerned that there are increasing cases of foreigners from the West abusing Kenyan children.
The activists say; “British nationals – some convicted sex offenders – have travelled to Kenya where they sexually abused children and avoided prosecution in both Kenya and UK.”