Kenyan court charges two Tanzanians with human trafficking

By Samuel Ouma

Kuyi Paulo Silya (right) and SitaYohana at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi .Photo credit DENNIS ONSONGO,Nairobi News

Two Tanzania nationals who allegedly ferried a disabled minor into Kenya and used him for begging in the Nairobi’s streets have been charged with human trafficking.

Kuyi Paulo and Sita Yohana were arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul of Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi and charged with three counts of trafficking in person, economic exploitation, and being in the country illegally.

The court heard that on diverse dates between the year 2019 and August 20, 2021, jointly with others not before court transported and harboured the complainant identified as E.T., a Disabled child aged 14 years from Tanzania to Shauri Moyo in Kenya for exploitation in abuse of a position of vulnerability. They denied trafficking and exploitation charges.

On the exact dates at Shauri Moyo area in Kamukunji sub-county within Nairobi County wilfully negligently engaged the 14-year-old in begging for as which interfered with his education and physical health. 

They were also charged that on August 26, 2021, at South B in Makadara, Nairobi County, as the two were found in Kenya unlawfully.

Each of the accused was ordered to deposit a cash bail of $3000. 

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