Three Kenyan female suspects are to appear before a court soon on charges of human trafficking after 25 Burundian women, thought to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued in the town of Ruiru, 25 km north-west of Nairobi’s city centre.
In a Thursday raid officers from the transnational organised crime unit descended on a Gwa Kairu homestead and arrested the three Kenyan suspects, the East African reported.
In a 2018 report by the US State Department, Kenya was named as a source, transit and destination for human trafficking. Despite passing the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act in 2010 Nairobi is still battling the phenomenon.
Making the fight against human trafficking difficult are Kenya’s porous borders, the inefficient handling of court cases, the lack of awareness as to what constitutes human trafficking and poorly funded state agencies fighting the scourge.
Victims are mainly vulnerable children and young adults. They are usually subjected to forced labour and sexual exploitation.
– African News Agency (ANA)