Detectives from the Anti-Human Trafficking Police Unit have launched a man-hunt for a woman believed to be a prime suspect in a pornography syndicate targeting young women.
This is after four girls who left their homes in Murang’a county reported to the police that they had been recruited into a porn ring after relocating to Mombasa in search of greener pastures.
According to the Nation, the four were offered a sales and marketing job a week ago, which they couldn’t refuse given their low-income backgrounds.
They were instead recruited to an online prostitution platform, where they would be exploited via a live streaming website.
The now-dispirited girls had been locked inside an apartment in Mtwapa, unwillingly participating in the illicit business, according to an affidavit presented before a Shanzu Court on Wednesday.
The victims were given a desktop with a camera and told to start live-streaming their nudity when they arrived at the house, according to the court.
They eventually made their way out of the apartment and to the Makupa police station, where they told the officers about their ordeal, prompting an investigation.
Police first visited the said apartment where they combed the premise. Seven computers, cameras, and other items were recovered.
One of the girls attempted suicide after escaping the house, according to a police brief.
“The victim was traced to a rented room while attempting to swallow rat and rat poison due to the stigma and trauma she went through at the hands of human sex traffickers,” police were quoted by the Nation as saying.
Upon investigations two suspects were arrested and arraigned before the Shanzu court, where they faced two offenses for their involvement in the criminal act, all to which they pleaded not guilty.
The first charge indicates that the suspects conspired to commit a felony namely trafficking persons by receiving or harboring the four victims.
The second stated that the suspects received or harbored the four victims by deception on various dates between June 6 and 9, with the intent of exploiting them.
Charles Wambua alias Chalie and Emily Wanjiru Muthee are now being investigated as the main suspects in the case’s victims’ trafficking.
They were released on a Ksh.500,000 bond, each with a Ksh.500,000 surety, pending the outcome of the case, which will be heard on July 1.
Meanwhile the prime suspect, who is said to have catered for the victims’ travel expenses, is still at large.