Emily, a 16-year-old orphan, said she was forced into the business due to poverty and peer pressure.
Her aunt encouraged her to engage in sex with white men to help pay family expenses. “I have slept with different men, especially whites from Germany, Italy and the USA,” she said. I started the business at age 10, when a friend connected me to an Italian tourist who had visited the country for three months.
“We have put in place laws that will deal with such acts,” Marwa said.
“Already we have arrested and charged parents, children and some tourists.
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“We have rescued many children involved in sex tourism or those who were potentially likely to fall into it, more girls — for young men the number has been lower,” he said. They have given tourists impunity despite having evidence against them.” But Regional Police Chief Nelson Marwa says the government has done a lot to battle the practice, including warning tourists and parents against being involved in the business.
I had nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep.” Teenage boys and 20-something Kenyan men known as "beach boys" also hook up with older white women, usually Western tourists who have flown here specifically for sexual encounters.
Against a backdrop of dazzlingly white sand and the aquamarine sea at Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach, foreign women sip cocktails under bamboo shades.
European men comprise half of the clients, the report said.
Sex tourism has been blamed in Kenya for increasing rates of school dropouts, poverty and illiteracy as school-age children skip class in pursuit of easy money.
European travelers especially have continued to fuel the trade.