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Kenya to partner with United Nations to curb human trafficking   

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to partner with the United Nations migrations agency to curb human trafficking, officials said on Tuesday.

Susan Mochache, principal secretary of the ministry of labor and social protection, told a child trafficking conference in Nairobi that the UN has already provided support to assist Kenya to develop the national referral mechanism guidelines for assisting victims of trafficking.

“The guidelines provide a system of identification, referral, holistic support and assistance based on the gender, age, specific needs and reintegration of victims of trafficking in Kenya,” Mochache said.

Mochache said Kenya is keen to promote cooperation between the government and other organizations involved in providing assistance to victims of trafficking through a victim identification process, provision of better support and protection and establishment of programs to enable full recovery and re-integration of victims into society.

She revealed that Kenya has been described as a country of origin, transit and destination in human trafficking.

Mochache noted that many cases of trafficking emerge as voluntary movements in quest for an enhanced life and most victims are mislead by businessmen, relatives, peers, religious acquaintances and agents with assurance of money, jobs, education and professional training only to end up in manipulative situations.

“The most frequently made promises are made for good salaries, education and jobs mostly in the hospitality sector,” she said.

The official said the push factors for human trafficking are poverty, lack of economic opportunities, unemployment, under employment, low rates of education and illiteracy.

Carren Ogoti, senior assistant director of children services at the ministry of labor and social protection, said the government is operationalizing the National Assistance Trust Fund for assisting victims of trafficking.

Ogoti said the government has set aside 200,000 U.S. dollars as seed funding and hopes to inject additional finances in future. 

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