An estimated 6,356 children in Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa are currently engaged in commercial sexual exploitation.

Prevalence Estimate: Child Sexual Exploitation in Coastal Kenya

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    Victims report that their parents are largely unaware of their involvement in CSEC. 

    As a part of its partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) has launched a series of projects to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in coastal Kenya. NORC at the University of Chicago was contracted by GFEMS to lead an independent research study to obtain pre- and post-intervention point estimates of the count of CSEC victims in Mombasa, Kilifi, and Kwale counties of Kenya. 

    This briefing presents pre-intervention estimates of CSEC victims in region. The findings were striking, and show a considerable size of the child population is engaged in CSEC.

    To see more of our key findings and read our recommendations for risk and prevalence reduction, download the briefing.

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