Detectives from the Transnational and Organized Crime unit have rescued a total of 60 illegal immigrants bundled in a residential apartment in Embakasi.
The victims aged between 14 to 50 years were being trafficked from two countries neighbouring Kenya and were on transit to the North as revealed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
“Acting on intelligence leads, sleuths based at DCI’s Transnational & Organized Crime Unit, augmented by Embakasi-based officers while on a scrupulous crackdown on illegal immigrants, traced the victims to a residential apartment within Tassia in Embakasi, Nairobi County.
After securing the perimetre 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. The victims aged between 14 to 50 were being trafficked from two countries neighboring Kenya to the north against their will.” Said DCI
Investigation into the incident revealed that the victims had been ferried in the location with the intention of being sneaked out undetected by the three suspects of Somali origin who have since been arrested.
“Upon further inquiries, it was established that the 60 victims had been ferried to the location temporarily, as the traffickers sought alternative ways of transporting them outside the country undetected.
During the maneuver, three suspects of Somali origin were arrested on suspicion of being part of a larger human trafficking syndicate operating across the Horn of Africa. The three were identified as Mohammed Omar Aden, 29, Halima Mohammed Osman, 43, and 23-year-old Sala Yusuf.
The victims and the suspects are currently being held at different police stations in Nairobi pending legal procedures.” Said DCI