Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have rescued 60 foreigners held in an apartment in Embakasi, Nairobi.
According to a statement by DCI on Thursday, June 23, the 60 were victims of human trafficking and were en-route for sale as slaves overseas.
“Acting on intelligence leads, sleuths based at DCI’s Transnational & Organized Crime Unit, augmented by Embakasi-based officers while on a scrupulous crackdown on illegal immigrants, traced the victims to a residential apartment within Tassia in Embakasi, Nairobi County,” DCI stated.
The directorate noted that after the DCI sleuths gained entry to the apartment, they greeted with hysterical faces of the victims inhumanely bundled up in one room.
The victims were aged between 14 and 50 and were being trafficked from two countries neighboring Kenya to the north against their will, according to DCI.
“Upon further inquiries, it was established that the 60 victims had been ferried to the location temporarily, as the traffickers sought alternative ways of transporting them outside the country undetected,” DCI stated.
Following the raid by the DCI sleuths, three suspects of Somali origin were arrested.
The three, Mohammed Omar Aden, 29, Halima Mohammed Osman, 43, and 23-year-old Sala Yusuf, were suspected of being part of a larger human trafficking syndicate operating across the Horn of Africa.
DCI stated that the victims and the suspects are currently being held at different police stations in Nairobi pending legal procedures.