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Bars, pubs that allow child prostitution in trouble

21 May 2016, 18:59 Gabriel Ngallah

Mombasa - Police at Likoni Sub-county in Mombasa have been urged to crack the whip on bars, pubs and other liquor joints that allow commercial sex activities to take place in such establishments.

The Gender and Children rights network in the region raised concerns following reports that young school going girls at Likoni are being lured into commercial sex activities within the area.

Led by Haki Africa Gender and children’s rights officer at the Coast Salma Hemed, the activists have appealed to police to launch investigations in areas where the vice is rampant.

Speaking at the Haki Africa offices in Mombasa on Saturday, Salma said the problem is quickly growing and will soon pose a major threat to the society.

Read Also: Crackdown on commercial sex workers launched in Mombasa

“Am not surprised but disappointed by the manner in which young girls are lured into commercial sex work at a very tender age. We need to stop this vice at whatever cost,” said Salma.

The Gender and human rights activist at the Coast appealed to Police in Likoni to ensure that those perpetrating the vice are tamed.

“I know these girls are going the wrong way, but what about the owners of such pubs surrounded by such unacceptable activities?” posed Salma.

Her sentiments were echoed by the organization's law and human rights officer Francis Auma who blamed the parents for failing to take their responsibilities seriously.

“All these problems have been perpetuated by failed parents. They must take their parental responsibilities seriously,” he said.

Likoni OCPD, Willy Simba has vowed to launch a crackdown on such illegal activities.

- MyNews24

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