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Traffickers of disabled persons surrender to police

31 October 2013, 18:29 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - The masterminds of the illegal business involving disabled people in Mombasa on Thursday presented themselves to the police.

The duo decided to present themselves before the police after the police and the county inspectorate unit sent them a stern warning through the media.

The two, suspected to be men who transformed themselves into women, are believed to be the chief agents of the business. One is a Tanzanian and the other a Kenyan.

Damarris Maseki, a Kenyan citizen who is believed to be a lecturer in one of the most reputable tertiary education institutions in Mombasa, has turned to be the mastermind of the business of smuggling disabled persons and has been making it successful with the aid of her Tanzanian counterpart, Dorothy Mbasile.

Speaking to the media at the Mombasa immigration office headquarters, the chief immigration officer, James Nyatigo, said that his office had laid a trap by alerting police about it but before they went for the suspects, they presented themselves to the Mombasa urban police station.

The arrest happened hours after other seven disabled persons of Tanzanian citizenship were arrested while on transit to Nairobi where they were supposed to be deported back to their country due to the un-conducive environment for their begging business.

The ongoing crackdown on the just revealed illegal business of disabled beggars collecting money for private entrepreneurs has seen the streets of Mombasa get rid of disabled beggars who are fearing arrests by the authorities.

The two are to be presented before court with charges of being involved in human trafficking, hosting of illegal immigrants and being beneficiaries of money collected by beggars.

Those arrested earlier are also to appear in court on Friday.

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