Kenya police rescue 25 women from suspected human trafficking ring

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Kenya Police have rescued 25 Burundian women suspected to be victims of human trafficking in Ruiru, a town 25km northwest of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi

In a raid on Thursday morning, officers from the transnational organised crime unit descended on the Gwa Kairu homestead and arrested three Kenyan women.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) named the suspects as Mercy Kaaia, Lydia Nyambura and Susan Nyambura Ng’ang’a.

According to the DCI, the 25 victims were being held hostage at the compound in readiness for transit to Asian countries.They were aged between 24 and 33 years.Police said the suspects will be arraigned soon.

In a 2018 report by the US State Department, Kenya was named as a source, transit and destination for human trafficking.

While the country passed the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act in 2010, it is yet to effectively stem the vice.

Victims mainly vulnerable are children and young adults. They are usually subjected to forced labour and sexual exploitation.

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