The UK government has announced plans to build a cyber centre in Kenya to target British pedophiles who prey on vulnerable children in the East African nation.
The centre, to be set up in Nairobi, will help Kenyan authorities stop child abuse images being shared on the Internet and assist efforts to identify potential victims, Downing Street said.
It will be the first of its kind in Africa and is part of a new security deal between the two countries as Theresa May becomes the first British Prime Minister to visit Kenya in more than 30 years.
“Online child exploitation is an abhorrent crime and we are determined to ensure there is no place to hide for predators who use the internet to share images of abuse across borders, too often with impunity,” May said.
“Britain’s funding of the cyber centre will mean the Kenyan police can now identify potential victims, investigate abuse and prosecute abusers. This builds on existing work by the UK’s National Crime Agency to set up Kenya’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU) and train and mentor its staff”.
In May, a UK court found a 72-year-old British man guilty of sexually assaulting raping two Kenyan girls while he was on holiday in a remote village in Kilifi county.
Kenya receives thousands of British tourists each year, and has a longstanding military cooperation with the UK.