DCI rescues 17 girls from human traffickers on Thika Road

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17 girls are among 22 Eritreans that detectives have rescued from human traffickers.

The Eritreans, aged between 15 and 38 years, were being ferried on Thika Road to an unknown destination.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), four Kenyans are suspected to be behind the trafficking. The suspects —  Muhsan Abdikadir, Muhamed Doyo, Elias Mahabub, and Amin Shariff Abdul — are now in police custody.

The DCI also confiscated motor vehicles Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Lexus and a Toyota Fielder that were being used to ferry the victims.

The DCI added that they were able to rescue the Eritreans based on a tip-off.

According to the Crime Research Institution, the major causes of human trafficking in Kenya is poverty and unemployment. The institution also said that the most prevalent forms of trafficking in Kenya are sex and labour related.

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