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January 22, 2019

How I thwarted a sex pest's plans

I’m usually very quick- witted and on my toes but there was this time I still kick myself for not getting down the number plate of the car the man drove. Let me start from the top.

I was driving home one late afternoon and there is this part in my neighbourhood that leads to a slum area. Every evening I see streams of children walking home, as there is a city council primary school just opposite this road.

That day I saw a BMW parked on the side and two girls, who must have been in their early teens, giggling away and reaching out for money from the man through his car window.

I slowed my car down to go over the bumps outside the school and my instinct told me straight away that the man was up to no good because he kept looking into his rearview and side view mirrors to see if anyone was watching. I parked my car on one side and got out yelling at the man.

I actually swore at him and had he been doing something innocent, he would have come out of his car and put me in place and told me to mind my business, but as predicted, he got scared, abused me and sped off before I could pick a rock and throw at his car or have the mind to take down his car number plate.

I asked the girls what was going on, and one was visibly shaken and looked scared but the other one, who was confidently laughing and chatting with the man and appeared to be taking money from him, told me that he was just giving them money to go for a drive in his posh car. My heart wrenched at this.

All I could do was request them not to do this again. I fretted for the girls all night as I tossed and turned, knowing that they weren’t the only ones to have been exposed or subjected to such exploitation.

What if they had gotten into the car? It was very obvious that the man’s intent was nefarious appropriate and what isn’t? and what if one of the girls got Right up to today, I worry pregnant?

They didn’t even look about those two girls. The 15 for goodness sake! incident happened last year I’m not sure how we are to and I also know it was not an deal with this.

Schools talk isolated case. How many people about sex education in the most will stop outside schools to pick coy manner to children but up unsuspecting children and don’t tell them anything outside sexually exploit them...? of the biological facts like not accepting to go off with men, or even women, for money.

How do we talk to children without scaring them yet putting it firmly in their heads that this is not right?

Valentine Njoroge, who writes the column above mine in the Star, has often given out advice to teens who have the means to communicate with her via email.

How do we ensure that children who have no access to the internet are at least armed with information and the know-how to report these incidents? How do we teach our children what’s

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