What Tourists to Kenya Should Know!

I have come across an excellent journalistic piece from Jonathan Rugman from Channel 4, highlighting the problems with Child Sex Tourism in Kenya.  If you are intending to visit Kenya I would urge you to watch it!  If you follow this link, you should be able to view it.  What was interesting however, was the Minister for Tourism's comments on this very important news report, he apparently stated:

"We promote responsible tourism. We promote ethical tourism. We are going to take strict action on defaulters or criminals who are taking advantage of young children. As a parent as well as a country, we cannot afford abuse of our children, despite poverty. At the same time, if it is publicised, blown out of proportion, it will destroy the same effort of the eradication of poverty by destroying tourism (our emphasis)"......"The only thing is that we might destroy the golden goose that is laying the eggs. Image is a problem we need to safeguard. Challenges need to be addressed, so we have to balance between the two."

With respect to the Minister, what would promote your country would be if the people who ply this trade were locked up; the foreigners who seek this 'product' were locked up; the bars promoting this vile trade were closed down and a proportion of tax revenue undoubtedly drawn from tourist activities, were diverted toward helping to provide the necessary support and protection to your people! 

Using the emotional blackmail that publicity on such a subject would increase poverty just doesn't add up!  I am sure if you acted positively and demonstrated and publicised firm actions to eradicate this vile trade, the goose that lays that golden egg would visit your country in greater numbers than even you can possibly imagine!

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