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Mombasa police arrest seven in suspected human trafficking ring

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police in the coastal city of Mombasa have arrested seven Ethiopians who were on their way to South Africa in a suspected human trafficking syndicate.

The seven were arrested on Friday afternoon following tip-off from members of public.

A transit lorry dropped them at Jomvu area and they disappeared into the nearby Mwamlai forest, Jomvu area.

Peter Omanwa, Changamwe sub-county police commander, said security officers combed the forest for five hours and arrested the seven who admitted to be heading to South Africa for unknown business.

"They were seen getting out of a container.

"We suspect it’s a human trafficking ring," Omanwa told journalists in Mombasa.

The Kenyan authorities have intensified the ongoing crackdown on undocumented migrant workers that have seen homes raided and hundreds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers arrested around the country.

The country’s immigration department has set up a hotline number for citizens to report irregular migrants in their neighborhoods and the authorities’ actions have mostly affected refugees and asylum seekers.

Cases of human smuggling have been on the rise in the region with hundreds of young men from Ethiopia finding their way into South Africa through Kenya in search of employment.

The authorities say several aliens who find their way into the Kenyan police cells have tripled in the recent past, over stretching the capacity of the cells in the East African nation.

             

 

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