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Multinational police agencies bust child trafficking ring in Mombasa

Local and foreign security agencies in Mombasa are investigating a suspected indoctrination and international child trafficking syndicate. This is after 95 children aged between five and 15 years, and of different nationalities, were rescued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Scotland Yard and Kenyan sleuths.

The security agents raided Al Madrasatul Falah Madrassa in Likoni and whisked away the children yesterday morning. Officer-in-charge of Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit in Mombasa, Grace Ndirangu, said police were tipped of a suspected “physical and sexual abuse” on the children prompting the raid.

The Madrassa school located at Majengo Mapya hosts 20 learners from United Kingdom, Canada, United States, South Africa, Saudia Arabia, Somalia, Uganda Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya. Ndirangu said the department was profiling the children to establish their identity, parents and exact place of origin, adding that the operation could have busted a major child trafficking syndicate.

Four teachers are being interrogated at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Mombasa. Speaking to the press at the Coast Police Headquarters, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) national treasurer Sheikh Hassan Omar defended the Madrassa saying the children were being taught Islamic studies.

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