Children aged between eight and fifteen years are employed as house helps in the country’s major cities.
The children are lured into the trade with a promise that they would be taken to school, according to Coast Women in Development (CWID) executive director, Betty Sharon.
Sharon claims children are trafficked at their tender age by community through relatives who requests the child’s parents or guardian to take them to the city with the pledge that they will be taken to school, a promise that ends up as a lie.
She blamed some of the relatives for taking advantage of less fortunate families by luring their children who are later trafficked to different locations so as to work as nannies or house helps.
“Society has contributed highly in child trafficking by allowing their children to go to away from them and live with a relatives, most of them are forced to work against there will because they do not have any other choice. Many people who reside in major cities, when they are in need of a maid, they travel to their rural homes and convince families which are poor or orphans that they will help them but in no vain”. She said.
Ms. Sharon termed the vice as violation of the child’s right constitutionally saying that there is need for authorities to take staunch actions against any person found employing a child, “the laws should be enforced more so that people should be cautious of the deed”.
She further urged media to play well its watchdog role by informing the society always of the negative impacts of child trafficking.