A 27-year-old man was on Thursday, October 14 sentenced by a Busia court to 31 years in prison or pay a Ksh30 million fine for child trafficking.
According to court documents, Evans Shiundu pleaded guilty to child trafficking charges after he allegedly hired an underage girl to work as a house help.
In the case determined by the court in Busia, Shiundu is said to have trafficked the 14-year-old girl from Bungoma to work as a house girl in Busia.
Chief Magistrate Lucy Ambasi noted that Shiundu whose nationality is yet to be identified has been operating the child trafficking syndicate with persons, not before the court.
“We appeal to all those who employ school-going children as maids or as helpers in their houses to stop. The sentence is very serious. We have seen instances in Busia where school girls are plucked out of school so that they can work as maids,” the magistrate said in a statement.
The court also noted that cases of child trafficking have been on the rise in the area with most victims ending up in Uganda as child labourers.