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Human trafficking: Kenyan man arrested, two Burundians rescued

Crime tape. /The Star
Crime tape. /The Star

A man accused of attempting to traffic two Burundians to Saudi Arabia has been arrested.

Francis Njuguga Kagunda was arrested on Thursday evening by Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives.

DCI boss George Kinoti said the two victims; Nduwimana Gretta,(29) and Nzigimana Rebecca,(31) were intercepted as they prepared to board a plane to Saudi Arabia.

Last month, detectives arrested a taxi driver and rescued two Burundi nationals suspected to be victims of human trafficking.

The two women were intercepted by police as they also prepared to depart the country to the Middle East.

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Kenya has been flagged as a source, transit, and destination country for persons subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking in East Africa.

A US Department of State report 2018, assesses the government's commitment to end human trafficking in 2017.

It shows Kenya continues to host illegal recruiters who maintain networks in Uganda and Ethiopia.

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