Shocking research findings have revealed that girls are engaging in sex at a very young age with 70% of girls between 12-25 years having had sex with cases of some as young as 9 years old.
What is even more shocking is that 47% of girls in the same age group have had an abortion with 40% of them saying they would do it again if they got pregnant.
This statistics go a long way in showing how promiscuous our society has become mainly due to amorous older boys and men who are preying on the young and innocent girls fueled by the popular myth that the younger the girl, the less the chances she could have contracted the deadly HIV-AIDs virus.
If the current economic disparities and poverty is anything to go by, the situation is bound to worsen as most of these young girls engage in sex for commercial reasons with some being so poor that they sell their bodies to raise money for food.
A recent survey by UNICEF in Kenya revealed that there were over 14,000 girls of 15 years and under who are currently engaging in child prostitution countrywide and called on the government to step in and do something about it.
What these researches do not tell us is who exactly is having sex with these underage girls? And again why are men increasingly preferring sex with children, some as young as 9 years and not mature girls as has been the norm. And most important of all, why are men still engaging in unprotected sex yet they know the risks involved?
Unfortunately, the initial research revealed that after their first sexual encounter, the girls start engaging in unprotected sex with their initial partners and it is always the boys who will decide whether a condom will be used or not.
In this era of HIV/AIDS, this is a most dangerous trend which will wipe out the gains made in controlling the scourge which unfortunately hits hardest among the most productive age group in society which is the youth.
Many have argued that declining moral standards are as a result of alarming poverty levels and if the government intended to cultivate a society of probity, uplifting the economic standards of the population is a pre-requisite. This is highly unlikely with the a government that is stuck in a time warp that favors ideas that would have been better suited for the easy-going, sleepy 1970s.