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Anti-porn police Ezekiel Mutua calls for special police unit on sex exploitation

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) wants a police unit established to crack down on child pornography.

KFCB executive officer Ezekiel Mutua said sex exploitation of children had reached alarming levels and asked the government to move with speed and establish the unit.

“We are talking of children as young as 12 years who are being introduced to child pornography by foreigners. These children are exploited in this business worth billions of dollars,” he said.

He suggested that once established, the force should be attached to the board.

Mr Mutua spoke Tuesday at the Pride Inn Beach Resort on the sidelines of a training workshop for the board’s managers on communication.

FOREIGNERS EARNING MILLIONS

He said due to weak laws, foreigners were having an easy time in Kenya making illegal films and selling them abroad earning millions of dollars, some of them online.

“We are in the process of procuring services of a firm that will carry out a survey to establish the level of this vice especially at the coast where it is rampant. But even as we embark on the survey it is important that measures are taken to stop it,” he added.

He said one of the challenges the board was facing is failure by the police to carry out proper investigations on reported cases, saying the perpetrators had been left to go scot free.

“Of the 26 cases of child pornography that we have reported in the past three years, none of them has been concluded with the culprits going about their business as usual,” he added.