Kenya is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking. Children are exploited in sex trafficking by people working in khat (a mild narcotic) cultivation areas, near gold mines in western Kenya, by truck drivers along major highways, and by fishermen on Lake Victoria. Reports allege gay and bisexual Kenyan men are deceptively recruited from universities with promises of overseas jobs, but are forced into prostitution in Qatar and UAE. Kenyan women are subjected to forced prostitution in Thailand by Ugandan and Nigerian traffickers.
Children from East Africa and South Sudan are subjected to sex trafficking in Kenya. Trucks transporting goods from Kenya to Somalia returned to Kenya with girls and women subsequently exploited in brothels in Nairobi or Mombasa. Nepalese and Indian women recruited to work in mujra dance clubs in Nairobi and Mombasa face debt bondage, which they are forced to pay off by dancing and forced prostitution.
The United States Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons ranks Kenya 'Tier 2' country.
WHAT WE DOIn 2019, we started a new partnership in Kenya's capital Nairobi. Together with the local non-profit organization Maisha (meaning "life"), we opened a shelter with Talita's rehabilitation program for women and girls used in sex trafficking. The housing was named 'Maisha Talita' and during this past year, they have supported 45 women and girls, 17 of whom lived in the shelter and received rehabilitation. Another 3 of the 45 have had their own accommodation and small children, but have been able to leave prostitution due to having received vocational training. The remaining 25 clients, our employees have come into contact with in the outreach work they carry out in red light areas in Nairobi's slum.
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