By: Fadhili Mwambingu.
Lack of jobs in Kenya is among the major contributors driving youths to the gulf countries where they end up being mistreated or even sold as slaves.
Speaking in Mombasa during the Human Trafficking training held at Our Lady Mother of Africa Pastoral Centre, the Vice-Coordinator of Religious Against Human Trafficking in Kenya (RAHT) Sr. Donatus Lili confirmed that they have rescued about 3 Kenyans as of 2016 who were being psychologically and physically abused in the Arab states.
Human trafficking is the unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labour or sexual exploitation.
However, women and girls are the most at risk in human trafficking due to sex trade witnessed in the country, yet the impact on the lives of the victims and their communities is devastating.
Meanwhile, she wants everyone to join hands together in combating human trafficking.
Lili also says that the church is active in the fight against human trafficking, hence working close with government entities, private organizations and individual who are committed to eradicate this evil.
“Human trafficking is a crime that is happening in our local communities, and now is the time for action against slavery. To tame labour abuses for Kenyans in the Middle East everyone must be involved,’ she said.
She further urged the government to find an amicable solution to end Human Trafficking through formulating policies that will see those intending to travel to the Middle East register with relevant bodies before going there.
“The government should work close with other stakeholders to come up with best policy and labor agencies that will take people outside countries.” She added
However, despite implementing the overall migration policies to enhance the protection of workers abroad, a comprehensive strategy to address reported labor abuses has to be developed.