UNICEF is reporting that the sexual abuse of children for money is on the rise in Kenya, and that the girls that are getting into prostitiution are starting at younger and younger ages. An article can be found here.
As I said, the children involved are getting younger and younger:
“These girls, aged 12 to 18 years, make up 30 percent of the total population of girls from these districts in this age range,” UNICEF said. “A further two to three thousand girls and boys are involved in full-time sex-for cash. Some of them are paid to perform the most horrific and abnormal acts.”
According to UNICEF, at least 45 percent of the girls in the survey began selling sex for cash, goods or favours at only 12 or 13. More than 10 percent of girls involved in prostitution began transactional sex when they were younger than 12.
And, a significant portion of the sex tourists abusing these children are coming from Europe:
“Among tourists, Italians, Germans and Swiss ranked as the most common clients of child sex workers at 18 percent, 14 percent and 12 percent respectively,” UNICEF said. “Ugandans and Tanzanians rank fifth and sixth in the client group, while British and Saudi Arabian men ranked seventh and eighth – but representatives of virtually every nationality visiting Kenya are named in the report.”
I wish I knew what if anything could be done offhand by indivduals to help this mess. Donate to UNICEF, perhaps? If anyone has some more knowledge about this than I do, then please let me know!