Nairobi detectives rescue 60 victims of human trafficking

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Detectives have rescued 60 victims of human trafficking, who were being held at an apartment in Tassia en route for sale as human slaves overseas.

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.

"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," said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

The victims aged 14 to 50 were trafficked from two countries neighbouring Kenya to the north against their will.

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 manoeuvre, three suspects 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.

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