Letter from Kenya – June, 2013

Human Trafficking in Kenya, 2013 Harvest View Graduation

Hope you are doing well. My family and I are doing well.

Below is a copy of an article that was published in our daily newspaper on Friday, June 20, 2013 and I would like share it with you. This information can be accessed through www.nation.co.ke page 10 (Link added http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Kenya-risks-penalties-in-human-trafficking-war-/-/1056/1889630/-/2bwgbwz/-/index.html)

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN KENYA

Thousands of Kenyans, including children, are kept as “sex slaves,” or are in other forms of forced labor, US State Department has said. And since the government is seen to be inadequately addressing a “considerable human-trafficking problem,” the State Department on Wednesday warned that the country could eventually be hit with US sanctions.

Domestic servitude       

Kenya has been placed on this “watch list” for the second consecutive year.

Children are “exploited in prostitution throughout Kenya, including in the sex tourism industry at the coast, Khat (Miraa) cultivation areas in eastern, and near Nyanza’s gold mines,” the US global Trafficking in person’s report of 2013 says.

Kenyans who travel to the Middle East in search of employment “are at times exploited in domestic servitude, massage parlors and brothels, or forced into manual labor.

The 188 – nation survey also shows that gay and bisexual Kenyan men are lured from universities with promises of overseas jobs, only to be forced into prostitution in Qatar and UAE.

The state Department includes Kenya in a grouping of 44 countries that do “not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” but are said to be making significant effort to do so.

REPORT FROM HARVEST VIEW ACADEMY

These pictures were taken on June 28th 2013 when we had our sports / exhibition day. We invited friend, parents, guardians and the community leaders to come and support children through motivation. We got volunteers who came to train the children in games like “judo” and children made educative materials like maps of Kenya, East Africa and Africa which they exhibited. They also did science activities.

The 3rd photo from (the end) shows Agatha whose story represents children who have been rescued from child trafficking and brought to Harvest View Academy.

God bless you,

Nancy.

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