MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police in the coastal city of Mombasa have
arrested seven Ethiopians who were on their way to South Africa
in a suspected human trafficking syndicate.
were arrested on Friday afternoon following tip-off from members
A transit lorry dropped them at Jomvu area and they
disappeared into the nearby Mwamlai forest, Jomvu area.
Peter Omanwa, Changamwe sub-county police commander, said
security officers combed the forest for five hours and arrested
the seven who admitted to be heading to South Africa for unknown
"They were seen getting out of a container.
"We suspect it’s a human trafficking ring," Omanwa told
journalists in Mombasa.
The Kenyan authorities have intensified the ongoing crackdown
on undocumented migrant workers that have seen homes raided and
hundreds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers arrested
around the country.
The country’s immigration department has set up a hotline
number for citizens to report irregular migrants in their
neighborhoods and the authorities’ actions have mostly affected
refugees and asylum seekers.
Cases of human smuggling have been on the rise in the region
with hundreds of young men from Ethiopia finding their way into
South Africa through Kenya in search of employment.
The authorities say several aliens who find their way into
the Kenyan police cells have tripled in the recent past, over
stretching the capacity of the cells in the East African nation.