“We have put in place laws that will deal with such acts,” Marwa said.
Against a backdrop of dazzlingly white sand and the aquamarine sea at Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach, foreign women sip cocktails under bamboo shades.
“The money will begin to flow,” he said, referring to payments once a temporary relationship has begun.
“Some [beach boys] have used the opportunity to build good houses and start businesses.” But he warned that business sometimes can be risky. They sometime trick tourists to go to the room and rob them.” Paul Adhoch, who heads child rights organization Trace Kenya, said prostitution has led to an increase in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers in Mombasa.
The industry has made Kenya one of the world's hubs for child sex tourism, researchers say.
“We always believe that white men have money, so when they come here we hope that they will get us out of poverty,” said Sabina. We use the money to pay rent for our parents and buy food.” Trace Kenya, a local nonprofit group that works with the United Nations to battle child trafficking, estimates there could be as many as 100,000 child sex workers in Mombasa.