It appears that sexual predators have devised new tricks of abducting teenage girls. In a new trend that is targeting school going girls and those who have just completed their secondary school education, the predators prey on young girls through their social media accounts, the DCI has warned.
In one such incident, a bus conductor working with Executive Bus Company, plying the Nairobi-Mombasa route, saved an innocent girl from a sex pest.
The girl boarded the conductor’s bus on Wednesday, June 2, at Machakos junction, saying that she was visiting his brother who stays in Mariakani. The truth is, she was invited to Mombasa by a man she had never met before.
Upon boarding the bus, the girl only had KSh500, promising to pay the KSh1,000 before they reach Mtito Andei. The promise was, however, not honoured.
The DCI says that along the way, the conductor got suspicious that maybe the girl was not meeting his brother after all. Therefore, upon reaching Samburu, the conductor called the man and tricked him that they had arrived in Mariakani.
“He asked him to come to the bus stop and pick the girl as he settles the balance, but the man told him to send the girl to Kaloleni by motorbike, where she would meet him then he would settle the balance,” says the DCI, adding that “fearing for the young girl’s safety and tired of being taken on a wild-goose chase, the conductor decided to go with the girl to Mombasa, where her safety was assured.”
Man of God was seated next to the girl
Luckily, seated next to the girl was a pastor who was also headed to Mombasa. And in a quest to live up to his calling, the clergyman talked the girl into disclosing the true identity the person she was going to meet. She said the man was not her brother but a stranger whom they had established contact with through Facebook.
“The bus finally arrived in Mombasa at around 4:30pm, but the man didn’t show up until later in the evening at 8pm. What followed shocked the staff of executive bus services, when the teenager said that the man who had come to pick her up was not the man she had been chatting with, adding that he did not resemble the person appearing on the Facebook page,” adds DCI.
The bus company decided to provide accommodation for the teenager and a bus ride back to Machakos junction the following morning.
According to the conductor, such cases have been on the rise of late. He told police of another case of a 17-year old girl who had just sat her KCSE, boarded their bus at Matuu, and alighted at Mombasa to meet a total stranger.
Detectives from the Anti Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit are currently pursuing the suspects. Meanwhile, the DCI urges parents to “monitor their children’s online activities and the people they socialise with since cases of young girls being abducted for slavery and sexual exploitation are on the rise.”