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Medical officers arrested over child trafficking syndicate

By Xinhua

Added 19th November 2020 05:52 PM

The three suspects will be arraigned before court later this week, Mutyambai said, hinting that more arrests will be made as investigations continue.

Medical officers arrested over child trafficking syndicate

The three suspects will be arraigned before court later this week, Mutyambai said, hinting that more arrests will be made as investigations continue.

Three medical officers were arrested Wednesday from a public hospital in the Kenyan capital in connection with a child trafficking syndicate, police said.

The three were arrested during a sting operation to unearth organized crime amid reports that public hospitals and children's homes in Nairobi are involved in the syndicate, Police Inspector-General Hilary Mutyambai.

"In the course of the investigations and operations, it's unfortunate that it was realized that senior medical officers in collusion with the child smugglers are highly involved," he said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The three suspects will be arraigned before court later this week, Mutyambai said, hinting that more arrests will be made as investigations continue.

On Tuesday, the government said it had set up a multi-agency task force to probe child trafficking exposed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Simon Chelugui, labor and social services cabinet secretary said the investigation is at a preliminary stage to establish all the networks behind the syndicate.

"We do not condone child trafficking and we will do everything possible to get to the bottom of this issue,"  Chelugui said.

According to a BBC documentary, vulnerable women are being preyed on in Nairobi to feed a thriving black market for babies where girls are sold for 50,000 shillings (465 U.S. dollars) each and boys for 740 dollars each. 

 

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