3 medical officers arrested in connection with child-trafficking in Nairobi

Inspector General of Police Mr Hilary Mutyambai at a past event. Photo Courtesy

By Nelly Mwendwa

Police have arrested three medical officers believed to be a part of child trafficking syndicate exposed by BBC Africa Eye in its ‘The Baby stealers’ expose.

The three according to the Inspector General of police Hilary Mutyambai, were arrested during an operation to unearth organized crime where local public hospitals and children homes are involved.

“So far 3 medical officers from public hospitals in Nairobi have been arrested in connection with the offence and will be arraigned before Court”. Read part of the statement signed by Hilary Mutyambai.

Identities of the three have not been revealed

Mr. Mutyambai also directed all county police commanders to closely work with the local children’s officers and other local security agencies to immediately undertake investigations and operations on matters touching on child trafficking within their areas of jurisdiction, especially in local public and private hospitals and Children’s homes.

He also appealed to the members of public to volunteer information to the police and local administration officers on any suspicious activity relating to crimes and more so on child trafficking

British broadcaster (BBC) recently released an investigative documentary exposing child trafficking business in Nairobi. From the investigations, children stolen from vulnerable mothers living on the street, as well as the existence of illegal clinics dotted around the capital, Nairobi, where babies are sold for as little as $400.

The investigation also revealed corruption at Mama Lucy Kibaki, a public hospital in Nairobi.

In the course of investigations and operations, it was realized that senior medical officers in collusion with the child smugglers are highly involved.

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