MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA is pursuing 15 cases against child sex offenders and has safeguarded more than 150 children following the inception of the first police unit dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation and abuse.
The unit was officially launched in Nairobi yesterday (Tuesday) in collaboration with the UK’s National Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Officials said it was a powerful weapon to protect Kenya’s children.
Superintendent of Police, Grace Ndirangu, who heads the Child Protection Unit, said it changed the way society protected children from sex offenders.
“We’re working across agencies to detect abuse, then investigate and prosecute offenders successfully while ensuring the child’s welfare is at the centre of everything we do,” she said.
British High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, reiterated his country’s commitment to protecting children.
“Our responsibility to protect children from abuse does not stop at the borders of the United Kingdom.”
Statistics indicate 32 percent of girls and 18 percent of boys experiencesexual violence in Kenya.
– CAJ NEWS