NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security forces have invested in state of
the art technology, capacity building and enhanced intelligence
gathering to disrupt activities of organized criminal networks
involved in human trafficking, a senior official said on Monday.
George Kinoti, the
director at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI),
said the government has prioritized action on human trafficking
and other transnational crimes that are a threat to peace and
stability in the country.
“We subscribe to the
international conventions on combating human trafficking through
partnerships, information sharing and robust surveillance at the
borders,” Kinoti remarked.
agencies have recently managed to unearth criminal syndicates
involved in smuggling of children and youth from neighboring
countries as part of the wider fight against this vice,” he
Kinoti spoke in
Nairobi during an event to mark World Day against Trafficking in
Persons whose theme was “responding to the trafficking of
children and young people”.
The UN Office on
Drugs and Crime organized the event to mark World Day against
Trafficking in Persons amid a spike in the criminal enterprise
in Kenya and the greater Horn of Africa region.
Kinoti noted that
Kenya has emerged as a source, transit and destination country
for men, women and children trafficked by criminals for the
purposes of forced labor and sexual slavery.
“Most of these
victims of human trafficking are trapped in abject poverty and
wars. We are training our officers to boost their capacity to
detect, arrest and prosecute human traffickers,” said Kinoti.
Organization for Migration estimates that 20,000 citizens of
Somalia and Ethiopia are smuggled through Kenya annually en
route to South Africa.
enactment of punitive legislation, training of police and
judicial officers as well as investments in community policing
has aided Kenya’s war against human trafficking.