20 September 2018

Kenya: 10 Human Trafficking Victims Arrested in City Hideout Enroute to Middle East

Ten Ugandan nationals were on Wednesday arrested in their hideout in Uhuru Estate while being trafficked to the Middle East.

In a statement, Director of Immigration Services Alexander Muteshi said a Kenyan trafficker was also arrested and is set to be arraigned in court

"The Kenyan trafficker will be arraigned in court in the soonest time possible, said Mr Muteshi in a statement.

The Immigration department did not reveal the identity of the suspect.

HEIGHTENED OPERATIONS

Mr Muteshi noted heightened operations against illegal stay by way of immigration systems that he said are "as strong as ever".

He asked foreign investors to follow procedures while venturing into Kenya.

Last week 59 Ugandans were among 71 nationalities who were arrested after the immigration officers detected that they were traveling using fake documents.

Most of those arrested were Uganda women and they were being trafficked to the Middle East to work as house helps.

"Uganda banned their citizens from going to work in the Middle East over reports of human rights violation," Muteshi explained.

This latest incident comes at a time when the Ministry of Interior is conducting an intense crackdown to flush out illegal immigrants in the country.

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