Lack of jobs driving Kenyans to slavery in the Middle East

Trace Kenya members during the International Day Against Human Trafficking. PHOTO/ FADHILI MWAMBINGU

Mombasa, KENYA: Lack of jobs in Kenya is among the major contributors driving the youth to the gulf countries where they end up being mistreated or even sold as slaves.

Speaking in Mombasa during the International Day Against Human Trafficking, Trace Kenya chairperson, Patrick Ochieng’ said they have rescued at least 200 Kenyans who were being psychologically and physically abused in the Arab states.

He urged the government to formulate policies that will see those intending to travel to the Middle East register with relevant bodies before going there.

“We are working with stakeholders and other people to come up with the best policy and labour agencies that will take people outside countries,” he said

Meanwhile, an NGO,Equality Now, wants the government and other stake holders to help end sex trafficking.

Equality Now program officer, Anita Nyajong said Women and girls are the most at risk in human trafficking due to sex trade witnessed in the country.

“Buying sex from Women and girls during holidays is normalized yet the impact on the lives of the women and girls who are bought, and their communities is devastating,” she added.