The Police in Kenya said Tuesday said they were battling to contain a new trend of commercial sex tourism that targets young boys in the coastal towns of the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Malindi sub county Deputy Police Commissioner, Joshua Nkanatha told a Kenyan local radio station that boys from poor families were being lured into the trade by rich male tourists.
The Police official said the situation had lead to an increase in number of cases of HIV/AIDS spread in the area.
The reports monitored by a NAN correspondent from a local radio station, quoted Police as saying the trend had caused a rise in the sale of pampers in the region, due to the rising health problems among boys indulging in the act.
“A survey we conducted shows that boys engaging in sexual activities with male tourists are buying pampers because they can no longer hold their stool”, Nkanatha said.
Nkanatha, who spoke during a Public Baraza at HGM primary school, Malindi said male prostitution had become high in Malindi and contributing to increased cases of HIV and AIDS.
He urged educated and concerned members of the public to take up the responsibility of enlightening the youths about the health risks of engaging in the vice.
Malindi is a resort town on the outskirt of Nairobi, the Kenyan Capital which attracts Tourists from within and outside Africa.