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.The trade extends up and down the coast to the seaside resort towns of Malindi and Diani, according to the NGO.In a 2010 report — the most recent available — UNICEF released numbers on child trafficking in Kenya that revealed that almost a third of girls age 12 and younger in the Mombasa region were involved in prostitution.Young men approach them with compliments designed to break the ice. Secondly, tell her she is the most beautiful woman you have ever seen.“This is our work,” said Alex Mwalumba, a beach boy who said he’s 29 but looks much younger. For the first time in years, she truly believes she is desirable.” Mwalumba had few regrets.“He impregnated me and left the country after his vacation.
Many come to the city in search of girls aged between 12 and 18.
“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.
“Some tourists end up either being robbed or murdered by beach boys in pursuit for money,” he noted. It has also broken up families in the city, he said.
Trace Kenya is working to rescue girls from the sex trade and to end the practice in the Mombasa region.