Lack of a coordinated approach hampering war against crime in Kenya

By Jacob Kioria

The lack of a coordinated approach in bringing to book agents of human trafficking is largely hampering the war against the crime in Kenya.

Attorney General Githu Muigai says moving forward agencies concerned with war against human trafficking will collaborate more in a bid to seal loopholes that are being used by perpetrators to escape justice.

Perhaps better told by the scary stories of Kenyan women who went to Arab countries in search of jobs only to return home badly wounded or in severe cases dead.

The human trafficking racket so serious that globally over 20 million people are victims of this cartel. Most of these victims are women and girls who are trafficked for labour and sexual exploitation.

While the families of the victims are left pleading to government to help them bring back their kin home, players have always blamed the victim for being naïve.

But is the lack of a coordinated approach in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating cases of human trafficking that Kenya continues to limp in its bid to bring perpetrators to book.

Attorney General Githu Muigai says the government will address the shortcoming through the closer working relations with the multi-agency team already in place.

Immigration being the first contact with victims or agents of the human trafficking cartel has already introduced the E-passport and other measures as the government seeks to arrest and dismantle the racket.

The Immigration department confirmed that it spends close to 5 Million through the deportation of human trafficking suspects and extradition of victims of human trafficking.

The government will also invest in police curriculum and public awareness as most cases resort to the victim being the villain instead of being assisted.

The Department of Justice is also fast tracking the Victims fund that will be sued to empower victims of human trafficking


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