By Chris Niles MOMBASA, Kenya, 24 November 2008 — ‘Susan’ (not her real name) has been working as a prostitute since she was fourteen years old.
She was forced into the business after her father’s death. We would sell fish and if any was left over we would use it for a meal.
“The government has to come up with a special programme that can get the girls not only off the beaches but off the streets,” said Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa, organising secretary of the council of imams and preachers of Kenya.
Local businesses have signed a Code of Conduct, which commits them to discouraging tourists from exploiting children.