Kenyan Authorities Shut Down U.S.$400-a-Baby Racket

Three hospital staff have reportedly been arrested in a probe into the theft and sale of babies, accusing some public hospitals and care homes of colluding with organised crime. Authorities acted after a BBC investigation revealed how Kenyan child trafficking syndicates - from street clinics to a government-run hospital - were stealing babies from vulnerable mothers to be sold for as little as U.S.$400. Kenya is reportedly a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children who are trafficked into forced labour and sexual slavery, according to the U.S. State Department's 2020 Trafficking in Persons report. Once bought or lured, children are forced into domestic work, farming, fishing, herding, street vending and begging. Girls and boys are also forced into sex work and this includes sex tourism on the coast, the report added.

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