Man Found Guilty Of Trafficking Minors From Tanzania Faces 30 Years In Prison Or Sh. 30 Million In Fine

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For smuggling two children from Tanzania to Kenya in 2016, a Kenyan man was given a 30-year prison term.

When James Zengo appeared before Principal Magistrate Agnes Mwangi at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi, she imposed a Ksh. 30 million fine or, in the event that he failed to comply, a prison sentence.

The minors were located hiding in Kariobangi North Estate, and Zengo fought arrest wilfully, the court heard.

Ten witnesses, according to the prosecution, testified in the case.

A BBC Africa Eye investigation into the stealing and selling of children in Kenya brought Zengo’s activities to the public’s attention.

Then-Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai ordered an investigation into Nairobi hospitals and children’s homes after the documentary revealed how children were taken from a local public hospital.

The exposé highlighted the fact that Nairobi’s poor women are being exploited to provide a burgeoning baby illicit market.

After a year-long investigation, the BBC discovered proof that moms who are destitute are kidnapped and sold for enormous sums of money.

The team discovered unlawful child trafficking in mobile medical clinics and the theft of children for commercial purposes at a significant government-run hospital.

Even worse, according to the journalists, they were able to buy an abandoned infant from a hospital official who had legally taken possession of a two-week-old boy before selling him to the group.

According to reports, infant thieves might be vulnerable opportunists or organized criminals; frequently, both elements collaborate.

In Nairobi, it cost approximately Ksh. 50,000 for a girl or Ksh. 80,000 for a boy to kidnap a woman’s child.

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