I’ve talked about the problems of running a gangster government below and related them to a raise in corruption, especially as it affects business. However, when a country’s rule of law system breaks down, this environment of lawlessness will eventually permeate all the other sectors of the country.
We’ve all known that Mombasa has always been a place where tourists from the west came to have a good time. A cheap, good time. However, the spread of child prostitution is now attracting international attention because it’s getting out of control and a reporter for the New York Times has written an article on it.
A few quotes from the reporter that caught my attention:
….”When I inquired about the phenomenon, everyone told me that tightened restrictions in Thailand and elsewhere in Asia had pushed the trade to Mombasa, where dozens of weekly flights from Europe fuel its existence”.
He goes on to add the following:
“In countries with better (but by no means perfect) governance like Uganda, Tanzania and here in Rwanda, child sex tourism is virtually non-existent (but there are signs that the child sex trade is growing). Strong families are a key to avoiding the phenomenon of poor children set adrift to make their own way in the world. Here in Rwanda, families remain strong because there is hope, stability and a relative lack of corruption”….
You can read the full article here, but I want to add my own personal sentiments to this issue:
If there’s one feeling you get when you drive around Mombasa or even Malindi, it’s the sense of impunity that these European tourists are allowed to get away with. I remember driving around the town and beaches and asking my friend in the car why these Germans and Italians were being allowed to just buy up all these properties, block them off and put up signs around them in German and Italian!
I mean, when I was in Ukunda, which is in the south coast, you could have fooled me for thinking I was in Berlin or Milan. No African, no matter how much money they had, would be allowed to buy up properties in Germany, block off the public access roads to and from them and put up signs in Swahili.
These people have private airstrips on their land. The government has no idea who is flying in, what they are flying in, who is on those planes….nothing. It’s now became a haven for drug smugglers and these Europeans can basically do whatever the hell they want because they know, that if they get into trouble, all they have to do is bribe the right person and they’ll be let off scotch free.
The very scary thing here is that there is no known cure for pedophilia. So, if someone doesn’t stop these European tourists from engaging in this kind of sick behavior, they are going to keep doing it. This is not prostitution with adults. This is a whole different category of sickness.
I must say, stories like these, increase the level of my xenophobia to a whole different category.
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