Walk Free – sent by Srs Margaret Clark and Barbara Jean Kubick
The last place you should expect to find a child is in a brothel; yet for 17-year-old Phoebe from Kenya, this is her life.
Phoebe comes from a poor family. When she dropped out of school her friends told her she could make a living as a sex worker. She thought she could start a new life and find a rich, foreign boyfriend — instead she has been forced to have group sex with tourists for no money.
A report by End Child Prostitution in Kenya (ECPIK) indicates that more than 50,000 children are involved in different forms of child prostitution. Commercial sexual exploitation of children is most common along the Kenyan Coast where a majority of tourism activities take place — in fact traveling sex offenders come to Kenya for this very reason: to prey on these vulnerable victims.
No child should be forced into the commercial sex industry for their survival.
Join Walk Free and Child Aid Organization Kenya in calling on the Kenyan government to declare zero tolerance of commercial sexual exploitation of children, backed by regular monitoring and law enforcement.