A Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) sting operation targeting a human trafficking syndicate operating in the Horn of Africa region on Thursday resulted in the rescue of 60 victims and arrests of three suspected human traffickers.
DCI’s Transnational and Organized Crime Unit says that the victims, aged between 14 and 50 years, were being held at an apartment in Embakasi’s Tassia area en-route for sale as slaves abroad.
They are believed to have been smuggled into the country from two nations that border Kenya to the North.
“Acting on intelligence leads, sleuths traced the victims to a residential apartment within Tassia in Embakasi, Nairobi County. After securing the perimeter of the premise, the perceptive officers gained entry into the apartment, only to be greeted with hysterical faces of the victims, inhumanely bundled up in one room,” DCI said in a statement.
Police are also of the opinion that the victims were being held at the location temporarily as they awaited to be smuggled abroad by their apparent hosts.
In connection to the incident, three suspects of Somali decent were apprehended by sleuths for their alleged tie to a human trafficking syndicate operating in the Horn of Africa region.
“The three were identified as Mohammed Omar Aden, 29, Halima Mohammed Osman, 43, and 23-year-old Sala Yusuf,” said DCI.
The suspects are being held at different police stations in Nairobi awaiting arraignment.