NGO launches a programme to curb online sexual exploitation

Cases of online child sexual exploitation are on the rise in the country.

According to a Non-Governmental Organization ChildLine Kenya, an increasing number of children are being exposed to the vice through cyberspace.

Speaking in Kisumu during a stakeholders meeting with organizations involved in children issues, the Executive Director, Martha Keya Sunda said research conducted in coastal areas of Kwale has unearthed online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) in Kenya.

She said in partnership with a foreign NGO, Terre Des Hommes Netherland and Institute for Children Studies, they have designed a two year project which aims at preventing and responding to exploitation of children in cyberspace.

The project is set to be conducted on a pilot basis in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nakuru counties before it is rolled to other regions in the country.

MS, Sunda said the technique used by perpetrators include use of ICT that results in sexual exploitation or through exposure to images and other materials and involves enticing, manipulating or threatening a child into the practice.

The project will sample 2,280 children, 1140 adults, including parents, teachers, religious and neighborhood leaders and law enforcement officers,

Sunda said OCSE is a relatively new phenomenon in Kenya, hence researching and learning is key with a view to getting information to respond to the needs of children and society around them.

Source: Kenya News Agency