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SCOPE report underage girls in Kwale commercially exploited

25 April 2016, 16:35

Kwale – A recent study by Strengthening Community Partnership and Empowerment (SCOPE) has shown that underage girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years old are being exploited through commercial sex.

According to Citizen TV statistics show that 400 girls are caught up in commercial sexual activity in Kwale and 5000 in the rest of the coastal region.

SCOPE has attributed said the reason is due to lack of parental guidance and poverty.

In exchange for sexual favours the girls are receiving fish, traditional palm wine (locally known as mangwe) and various other needs.

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SCOPE’s program coordinator Emmanuel Kahaso told the story of a 14-year old whose family depends on her to provide.

She said that she can get a kilogram of fish to the equivalent of Sh200 in exchange for her body.

SCOPE has said they have embarked on a sensitisation project in order to curb the number of underage girls engaging in prostitution and unsafe sexual practices.

Standard Media published a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) titled The Extent and Effect of Sex Tourism and Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Kenyan Coast, shows there is a steady rise in school dropouts in the region as girls from poor families fall prey to prostitution.

The report states that nearly 30 per cent of children between the ages of 12 and 18 years are engaged in child prostitution, underage girls particularly in the coastal areas are the most affected. 

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