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Kenya: Police rescue 29 suspected victims of human trafficking abandoned by recruitment agents after Covid-19-related travel restrictions

"Agony of human trafficking victims trapped in countries over coronavirus"

...Recently, police were called...to rescue victims of human trafficking abandoned by their agents in Kenya. Two days after Kenya recorded the first case of coronavirus on March 13, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) responded to a distress call from youthful women held against their will. Investigations led the detectives to a hideout in Nairobi’s populous Dandora where 29 women had been detained...

At Peyanya House in Dandora, police found the women aged between 21 and 40 confined into two tiny rooms waiting to travel to the Middle East where they were promised jobs. Despite the dangers and constraints presented by coronavirus, the cartels didn’t care about the welfare of the ladies who at the time of rescue were found in a sorry state. They were locked up with no identification documents and no hope of escaping or travelling abroad as many airlines and countries had cancelled flights and issued stringent travel restrictions. Kenya is among countries that closed their airspace for international passenger flights, and is only allowing cargo flights, in measures aimed at preventing a further spread of the virus. But that did not worry the ‘agents’ enough to set the ladies free.