by Peter Mutai
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan-based child protection organization said
on Thursday that the country’s porous borders are the hot spots
for child trafficking to other parts of the world.
African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child
Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) said the East African nation’s
border posts of Moyale, Mandera in northern Kenya and Busia in
Western Kenya are lucrative for trafficking children for
terrorism and prostitution activities.
"We must all play active role in ending child trafficking
from the shocking crime," ANPPCAN Director of Programs Wambui
Njuguna told journalists during the launch of the report on
child trafficking in Nairobi.
Njuguna said child trafficking has increased drastically and
changed in nature in the last five years despite government
The study, which was conducted in January, finds that child
trafficking is rampant due to lack of coordination between
organizations and government agencies.
It also attributes rampant cases of child trafficking to
corruption where local administrators and immigration officials
provide illegal identification papers to facilitate the movement
of the victims across the borders.
The study found out that 60 percent of the children sampled
have access to internet, hence the possibility of being
"Two of the five girls from Mandera that were approached
through the internet were planned to be married to ISIS
militants," says the study.
Njuguna blamed increased trafficking cases to rampant poverty
and societal misunderstandings that drive children out of school
thus denying them an opportunity to learn the dangers of joining
"Children education should be taken seriously by ensuring
that they attend classes as opposed to assuming that schools are
free," she noted.
Njuguna said that to eliminate the vice, the government
should reinforce laws on children molestation and allocate funds
to support the efforts.
According to ANPPCAN Program Manager Aggrey Willis Otieno,
there are fears that more children especially those with
albinism may be targeted for trafficking due to beliefs.
He noted that despite having anti-trafficking laws in place
in Kenya, children have over the years been lured to forced
labour both locally and abroad.
"The laws are poorly enforced due to inadequate
popularization and weak institutional capacity to address the
challenges," Otieno added.