One in three Kenyans aged 15 to 24 said they had, or knew someone who had, a sponsor who would buy them mobile phones, clothes or internet credit in exchange for sex, according to new research.
TEENAGE GIRLS IN Kenya are having sex with men they call “sponsors” to pay for desirable items including jeans, mobile phones and internet credit.
They are also reluctant to use condoms in case people assume they are prostitutes or label them “cheaters,” according to new research by the makers of Shujaaz, Kenya’s best-known comic book.
One in three people aged 15 to 24 interviewed for the report said they had or knew someone who had a sponsor. Most people thought it was okay to have a sponsor, even if that person is in another relationship.
The report, published this month, shines new light on the way young people in Kenya see themselves and …