Sexual exploitation of children in Kwale to be addressed
03 July 2014, 20:42
Kwale - Cradle children foundation under sponsorship of Terre des Homes has launched a project in Kwale County with aim of addressing the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The foundations’ Chief executive officer, Milly Lwanga said that most cases of children abused for commercially sexually reasons in the area have been rampant.
She said according to various research conducted shows in the area shows the situation is worse and it need urgent intervention.
“Various government organs like children department and probation working in the area confirmed the issue then Cradle decided to chip in to provide legal assistant, rescue services and rehabilitation of children engaged in commercial sex work,” said Lwanga.
She said they are targeting children who are victim and those in risk of being affected by the problem of sexual exploitation.
“By 2015 we want to reach a total number of about 2000 children through clubs in schools where we will sensitize them on how to address the vice and counter it because the risk is eminent and they face it every day, “she said..
Addressing stakeholders at Kaskazi on Monday during the official launch of the project, Lwanga said that they will be training various government officers dealing with children among them police teachers and children officers.
She said they will advise them on the existence of the laws like sexual offence act and counter traffic and persons act so that they can implement and fully use them.
“We felt it is important to train the officers because there are no cases taken to court of counter traffic and person yet a lot if trafficking of children is happening especially children from other regions being brought down here for commercial sex purposes,” she added.
She said they will also target sensitizing parents on the need to fight the vice.
“The little gain parents think they get by exploiting their children to commercial sex is negligible comparing to damage being caused to the child because they are our future support let them partner with us to address the issue,” she said..
Her sentiments were echoed by Terre des Hommes country director Angela Nyamu who said they have 31 similar projects spread across six counties across the country including Kwale.
She said they are operating in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya in addressing sexual commercial exploitation of children, child trafficking and strengthening protection systems.
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