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Help Stop Child Slavery in Kenya



We are appalled by the news that some holiday-makers who travel to Kenya from abroad are sexually abusing children in Kenya. In tourist destinations worldwide including Kenya, children are routinely subjected to horrific sexual abuse, violence and degradation at the hands of unscrupulous traffickers and offenders from many different countries, including the UK.

While the UK Government’s aspiration to fight child sexual exploitation and abuse abroad is commendable,1 we are concerned that progress will not be achieved without an in-country, dedicated UK crime specialist to collaborate and share information with the Kenyan police at the earliest stage to ensure effective and efficient investigations.

To help address this issue, collaborative investigations of transnational child abuse cases involving foreigners as well as UK nationals in Kenya must be initiated at an earlier stage. To do this, the British High Commission (Embassy) in Kenya must host a permanent specialist officer, who will receive reports of abuse of Kenyan children and coordinate investigations into such cases with the Kenyan police.

The presence of a permanent specialist officer in Kenya will help ensure effective and efficient investigations for such cases dealt with quickly and decisively.

Campaign updates

17 October 2015: The first child protection unit in Kenya was officially launched in Nairobi. Whilst the British High Commission is not hosting a dedicated officer, it is providing training, equipment and financial assistance to the Kenyan National Police. You can read the UK’s National Crime Agency’s press release here

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Child Aid Organization Kenya

Child Aid Organization Kenya is a non-profit organization registered in Kenya in 2008. It operates at the national level in the areas of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (CSA), Children & Human Rights Training, and Advocacy work.
The purpose of the organization is to stop the sexual abuse of children in its entire forms: reduce societal tolerance of the sexual exploitation of children; prevent entry of children into exploitation in all its forms; effectively advocate for the creation of strong, enforceable legislative environments to protect children from sexual exploitation; and to ensure that children who are sexually exploited have access to a range of services that enhances their safety and wellbeing and supports exit from sexual exploitation.


ECPAT UK is the UK national representative of ECPAT International, a global network of 80 children's rights organisations in 74 countries. Since 1994, ECPAT UK's targeted and focused campaigns and activities have been successful in improving child protection, including the introduction of new UK legislation and the ratification of relevant international conventions, and in raising awareness about child trafficking, exploitation and the abuse of children by British sex offenders at home and abroad.

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