30 000 child trafficking cases recorded in Mombasa
21 May 2015, 08:06
Mombasa - Recent statistics released by Trace Kenya, an NGO that counters human trafficking and modern day slavery in the country, have revealed that over 30 000 cases have been reported within the coast region, with Mombasa being the most affected.
According to Trace Kenya Executive Director, Paul Adhoch, most cases involve young Kenyans who fall into child labour and prostitution cartels which go unnoticed.
Most of those reported are said to be persons who are lured from their rural homes with promise of jobs in town only to end up in the hands of wealthy people who subject them to slavery.
“Cases of human trafficking in the country continue to worsen by the day. In these days, young children fall into the traps of trafficking very easily. They leave their rural homes to work as maids in someone’s home but they end up being virtual slaves since they find themselves being subjected to torture continuously," said Adhoch.
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Adhoch warned that if the government does not intervene, the situation may get out of hand and therefore put lives of thousands of children at risk.
"Young children seeking jobs as maids also find themselves working as sex slaves, where they are forced into sex by their “masters” and given little cash as pay,” he added.
Adhoch however noted that between 70 000 and 80 000 Kenyans end up being trafficked to the Middle East in their search for greener pastures.
He says only a few survivors come out boldly to share their ordeals after dislodging themselves from the quagmire.
“Most of those who leave the country and face the ordeals prefer to remain quiet because of the embarrassment associated with such ordeals,” explains the director.
“Some migrants use Kenya as their transit while they seek jobs in countries like South Africa, Namibia and Angola. Some even traffic themselves by bribing their illegal passage through the country only to land themselves in trouble while at the said countries,” noted the Director.
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