The United States has released a new report naming Kenya as one of the global human trafficking hotspots.
The Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 lists Kenya among the countries with the worst human trafficking problems in the world.
“Within the country [Kenya], traffickers exploit children through forced labor in domestic service, agriculture, fishing, cattle herding, street vending, and begging,” a section of the report reads.
The report further says traffickers in Kenya target young girls and boys in commercial sex, including sex tourism, which is entrenched in Nairobi, Kisumu, and the Coast region.
Commercial sex is prevalent in the informal settlements and family members also aid in the exploitation, the report released by the US Department of State adds.
Children trafficked for sex are mainly exploited by people working in the miraa growing areas, truck drivers along the highways, fishermen on Lake Victoria, and the gold mines in Western Kenya. In addition, teenage boys from the nomadic tribes are exploited into cattle rustling.
Internally displaced persons living close to major highways in Kenya are the most vulnerable to trafficking, the report further states.
These people are recruited by legal and illegal employment agencies to work in Northern Africa, Europe, Central and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, and Oman are the most common destinations.
The report was released on Wednesday in Washington, DC in a ceremony graced by Ivanka Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.