Twenty foetuses found in resort

Twenty foetuses found in resort

NAIROBI – Kenyan police on Tuesday recovered about 20 foetuses in the country’s exclusive Indian Ocean resort of Malindi, raising fears of illegal abortions in the area, officials said.

The decomposing foetuses were found wrapped in plastic bags on waste ground, said Malindi area police chief Richard Masinde. Masinde, accompanied by health officials, said he would lead an investigation of illegal abortions carried out by private clinics in the area.Social workers have complained of the rise of sex tourism along the Indian Ocean coast, and the government had promised a crackdown.A recent study indicated that some 300 000 women have abortions in Kenya yearly, of whom 21 000 are admitted to hospital from resulting complications and 3 000 die.Under Kenyan law, helping to procure an abortion is a capital offence, punishable by a maximum sentence of death if convicted.Nampa-AFPMasinde, accompanied by health officials, said he would lead an investigation of illegal abortions carried out by private clinics in the area.Social workers have complained of the rise of sex tourism along the Indian Ocean coast, and the government had promised a crackdown.A recent study indicated that some 300 000 women have abortions in Kenya yearly, of whom 21 000 are admitted to hospital from resulting complications and 3 000 die.Under Kenyan law, helping to procure an abortion is a capital offence, punishable by a maximum sentence of death if convicted.Nampa-AFP

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