Preventing and responding to online child sexual exploitation

  Appreciating that 13-19% of children and youth, mostly those aged between 12 and 16years have had an experience of online sexual solicitation in the last year, and this number is rapidly growing with 88% of the 44 million Kenyans having access to mobile telephony; and over 750,000 individuals looking to connect with children across the globe for sexual purposes online at any moment. The risk of online child sexual exploitation is growing.

In response to the research unearthing Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) in Kenya, Terre des Hommes Netherlands in partnership with Childline Kenya and African Institute for Children Studies has designed a two year project which aims at preventing and responding to exploitation of children in cyberspace.

The project is being implemented in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa counties in Kenya, and will directly benefit: 2,280 children, 1,140 adults (including parents, teachers, religious and neighbourhood leaders and law enforcement officers); and indirectly: 800,000 people through mass media. This is a two year project investing over half a million Euros.