Detectives rescue nine suspected victims of human trafficking
By Japheth Ogila | March 15th 2020
Detectives stationed at Peyanya in Dandora Estate in Nairobi have rescued twenty-nine young women who are suspected to be victims of human trafficking.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the young women were kept in two rooms where they waited to be moved to the Middle East for unknown ventures.
“The 29 Kenyan ladies aged between 21- 40 years and with no identification documents had been holed up in two rooms for 14 days awaiting to travel to various Middle East countries,” DCI noted in a statement.
The detectives ascertained upon questioning the victims that they had been kept by a local identified as Najad. And, by the time the officers found them, they had no travel documents.
“It was established that the twenty-nine suspected victims were brought into the premises by an agent by the name Najad who allegedly owns Afaq Ikhtyear Recruitment Limited based in Westlands,” Officers noted.
The police added that the agent confiscated their National Identity Cards among other documents and that officers were looking for him.
Incidents of human trafficking to the Middle East where agents target young women have been rampant especially in slums. On July 2, 2029, police rescued nine minors from Soweto, Nairobi.
The victims were in the age bracket of 12 to 17 years and were confined in one room which lacked proper sanitation.
“Nine children aged between 12 years & 17 years, suspected to be victims of Human Trafficking, were yesterday rescued by DCI detectives from a house in Soweto slums. Three suspects; 41-yr-old Said Hamisi, 52-yr-old Maimuna Bakari and 80-yr-old Sophia Wanjiru arrested. Children safe,” DCI stated.
Another group of eleven young women in the 23 to 30-year age bracket was rescued in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
A 2018 US State Department report revealed that Kenya is not properly placed to fight human trafficking.
The report further revealed that Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman are the leading destinations for many Kenyans seeking greener pastures in the Middle East.
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