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Criminal rings bankrolling sex parties

By Hudson Gumbihi | December 6th 2020 at 11:00:00 GMT +0300

Some of the 35 students who were found drinking and having group sex at a house in Homa Bay on July 3, 2020. [James Omoro, Standard]

Cases of teenagers holding wild house parties have thrown law enforcers back to the drawing board following reports of possible exploitation and abuse.

Within security circles, alarm bells are ringing that the parties are a smokescreen for child trafficking and radicalisation.  It is understood that criminal rings are behind the parties, which they use to recruit teens into child trafficking, pornography and extremism.

The bashes are couched as birthday parties but cops have been advised to dig deeper as they’re fertile hunting grounds for human traffickers, extremists, paedophiles and sex perverts.

Of concern, however, is the existence of a child trafficking syndicate police have been directed to investigate amid fear the trafficked youth are later enlisted into terrorist activities. It is understood those behind the child tracking and radicalisation syndicate lure youngsters through birthday parties. The teenagers are recruited through deception — promise of a better life, job opportunities and education.

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The red alert was the seizure of 44 teens at a house within Mountain View estate, but the cops The Nairobian spoke to, however, indicated there is nothing beyond the parties apart from mere socialising blown out of proportion.

“The kids are just having fun; nothing unusual. The disruption of learning activities has left them with so much time to mingle and be hooked to the internet,” said a senior detective adding he was not aware of the child trafficking and radicalization probe. During the Mountain View raid, four adults, Millicent Kithinji, David Kibe Wambui, George Kamau Muthoni and Michael Morega were arrested at the house.

Detectives later obtained orders to detain Kithinji to assist police probing a possible trafficking network.

Dagoretti DCIO Patrick Gikunda while ruling out clandestine activities, maintained the teenagers were attending a birthday party.

“This is now a court matter that we are not allowed to discuss,” stated Gikunda when pressed why Kithinji was detained for long—

A study by National Crime Research Centre established that a majority of human trafficking victims are children who are lured due to poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, desire for well paying, jobs, domestic violence and social exclusion.

 The research conducted five years ago recommended that to stop the vice, there was a need to embrace new technology in tracking and detecting the culprits, establish inter-links between local and international investigating agencies, and enhance the training of investigators.

“Enhance the use the anti-trafficking law or section 14 of the Sexual Offenses Act to prosecute and punish child sex tourists; provide additional training to all levels of the government, particularly law enforcement officials, on identifying and responding to trafficking crimes; establish an official process for law enforcement officials to refer trafficking victims for assistance,” stated the study.


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