Eight foreigners seized as police uncover racket

 

Security personnel in Turkana have uncovered a human trafficking racket and arrested eight foreigners in a swoop on illegal immigrants.

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The eight Ethiopians were arrested in a racket that involves some transporters and foreigners operating illegally in the country.

Turkana South district commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said the Ethiopians were arrested at Lokichar trading centre while travelling in a bus from Kakuma to Nairobi at the weekend.

“The racket involves a cartel of transport operators who capitalise on the porous border points to woo foreigners into the country at a fee,” explained Mr Kanyiri.

He said the Ethiopians had fake travel documents and could not communicate in either English or Kiswahili.

“Investigations indicate that the transport operators receive hefty payments after safely delivering the foreigners to their destinations, especially Nairobi and Mombasa,” added the DC.

The driver of the bus that the foreigners were travelling in was arrested and would be prosecuted.

“It is wrong for bus and lorry operators to assist immigrants into the country as some of them have criminal records,” warned Mr Kanyiri.

Hundreds of foreigners were arrested in the North Rift last year in a swoop on illegal immigrants.

 

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