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Kenya a major ‘human trafficking transit point’

Kenya has been rated as a major transit point for the flourishing human trafficking vice of all forms of international organised crimes, representatives of Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) held in Nairobi said yesterday.

US Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said trafficking of young girls for sexual exploitation internationally tops all forms of transnational crimes and generates more money than drug trafficking.

Organised crime

“Human trafficking for sex earns more money than drug trafficking that is why there are more organised criminal gangs globally. One of the current debates is to reduce demand for sex, delegitimise purchase of sex and stop prosecutions of people who sell sex and prosecute the purchasers,” said Madigan.

Attorney General Githu Muigai said the main reasons for human trafficking in Africa include sex exploitation, forced labour and terrorism.

He said Kenya remains a much-sought-after human trafficking transit point due to its unique geographical positioning, stability and infrastructure development.

The one-day seminar organised by the office of the Kenya Attorney General in conjunction with CAWG comes at a time the government is scaling up war against human trafficking and international organised crimes.

In Kenya, Githu said external trafficking of women remains at an all-time high at 41 per cent followed by children and men at 33 and 26 per cent respectively.

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