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Scores of illegal immigrants arrested at JKIA as government intensifies crackdown

Police in Nairobi on Friday arrested 71 immigrants who were being trafficked through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Oman with fake entry stamps on their passports.

According to the Director of Immigration Services Alexander Muteshi, security officers detected that the immigrants, who are of different nationalities, had fake documents.

“Our officers at the immigration desk at the JKIA detained 59 Ugandans, seven Burundians and five Tanzanians who had fake entry stamps on their passports,” said Mr Muteshi.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

He added that authorities are tracking down the agents behind the fake Visa’s to have them charged.

Kenyan authorities are meanwhile coordinating with the immigrants embassies to see that they are repatriated to their respective countries.

It is suspected the the immigrants, most of whom are Uganda women, were being trafficked to the Middle East to work as house helps.

“Ugandan Government banned their citizens from going to work in the Middle East over reports of human rights violation,” Muteshi explained.

This incident comes at a time when the Ministry of Interior is conducting an intense crackdown to flush out illegal immigrants in the country.