71 people allegedly trafficked through and from Uganda were on Friday arrested by Kenyan security operatives during one of the biggest crackdown conducted on a suspected human trafficking racket.
59 of the rescued are Ugandan nationals or at least hold Ugandan passports, Seven are Burundians and the rest, five, are Tanzanians.
The group composed of mainly women was picked at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya while on their way to Oman.
Kenyan officials were alarmed on discovery that the suspects had “fake entry stamps” in their passports and consequently apprehended them pending possible prosecution and deportation to their respective countries.
The Kenyan Department of Immigration Services said they were using illegal documents.
“More than 50 illegal immigrants arrested while in transit to Oman. They are being detained at Nyayo House awaiting deportation,” the department said in a tweet.
Following the accusations and counter accusations, Uganda and Kenya entered an agreement on July 31 during a meeting at Lwakhakha border in Namisindwa District in Uganda aimed at working towards harmonising the legal regimes of the two countries as a way of putting up a joint fight against human trafficking.
Several Ugandan girls and women, believed to be victims of human trafficking, have since the start of this year been rescued or arrested by Kenyan authorities on their way to Middle East countries.
Just a week ago, a total of 22 Ugandan suspected victims of trafficking were rescued in Busia and Malaba Kenya and handed over to the Ugandan authorities.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website