Human Trafficking in Kenya Reaches New Low
Written by Fred Makana | From Standard Digital
Kenya is still leading in child trafficking incidents and week-old babies are sold for as little as Sh2,000 ($22.60), an MP has disclosed.
“In most cases, the price is based on gender and race while other perpetrators ferry young girls, offer them accommodation and food and recover the expenses by sending them to the streets for sexual exploitation,”Â Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo said.
Speaking during the launch of a report by Cradle Foundation, a child right’s watchdog, Odhiambo who was accompanied by four other MPs, lauded Parliament for passing the Victims Protection Bill on Wednesday, saying it will help address some of the challenges the country is grappling with in upholding the rights of children.
The MP, who is among the founder members of Cradle, said the Bill, for the first time, legally defines and recognises trafficking in persons as a crime. It will also protect the vulnerable and assist survivors, while serving as a deterrent to perpetrators, she said.
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