Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) conducted a raid on two strip clubs on Thursday night in Westlands, Nairobi.
During the operation, 21 Nepalese girls were rescued from the clubs on Mogotio Road exposing what detectives believe is an international human trafficking ring.
The Anti-Human Trafficking & Child Protection Unit and the Transnational Organized Crime Unit detectives further apprehended three people who are to be charged with various offences under The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act (Act No.8 of 2010).
The raid took place at around midnight and is said to have caught patrons and club owners by surprise.
Based on various key reports on human trafficking in the world, Kenya is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.
[caption caption="DCI Chief George Kinoti"][/caption]
Girls and boys are also exploited in prostitution in several parts of Kenya, with their exploitation often facilitated by players in the prostitution business and family members.
In May, Ugandan authorities raised an alarm on the role of Kenya in the increased trafficking of girls from Uganda seeking foreign employment.
High Commissioner to Kenya Phoebe Otara told the press that the 15-19-year-olds arrive through Rwakaka, Buka, Malaba and Busia borders having been led to believe they secured jobs in Oman.
According to Otara, the girls are kept at an unspecified location in Limuru before later being taken to the airport to be shipped off to various destinations.
"We have intelligence that these girls are kept somewhere in Limuru before they are transported to the JKIA for various destinations. Those who cannot make it or who could not secure visas, are dumped at the airport and later arrested and kept in cells," she disclosed.
[caption caption="A street in the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) at night"][/caption]
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