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Child sex tourism rife at the coast

25 November 2015, 11:46 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ezekiel Mutua has decried the growing commercial sexual exploitation of children at the coast.

Addressing the press at the Mombasa County commissioner's office after a meeting with the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), Mutua called for immediate and combated effort to stop child sexual exploitation by the tourism industry.

“We must come together and address this issue. Child sex tourism is gaining momentum and that poses a big threat to the upbringing of our children,” said Mutua.

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He said it’s high time the uncertified films that are being distributed to the youth and other members of the public were confiscated.

Mutau said children at the coastal cities of Kenya are being lured and exposed to child sex and asked the authorities to investigate the matter within Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu.

He said the KFCB said they had a partnership with religious organizations to ensure that materials that are immoral and uncertified do not reach children in the streets.

CIPK national chairman, Sheikh Ibrahim Ateka and Organizing Secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa have expressed concern over the decline in moral values among children.

“Of late, there has been an increase in the decline of good morals among our children which is majorly caused by what they watch and that has negatively impacted our economy and social welfare” said Sheikh Khalifa

This comes amid struggles that the tourism industry has faced in past one year following the issuance of travel advisories.

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