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Police arrest woman selling own child at 60,000 in Mlolongo

  • A woman arrested for wanting to sell her two-weeks-old male infant for Sh60,000.
  • Police officers posed as customers who wanted to buy the baby from the two women.
  • This is the second time a case of similar nature has been reported in Mlolongo in 2020.

Police in Athi River on Friday, October 23 arrested two women for child trafficking deal in Mlolongo, Machakos County.

21-year-old Diana Mwende is said to have agreed a deal to sell her two-weeks-old male infant for Sh60,000.

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Mlolongo Division Assistant County Commissioner Dennis Ongaga said they had laid a trap for the two women after a tip-off from the public.

The officers then posed as customers who wanted to buy the baby boy.

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The women have been taken to Mlolongo Police Station for further investigations, as the infant was rescued and handed over to a rescue center in Kitengela.

Ongaga said police investigations have revealed that girls below the age of 18 years are also involved in the business where their peers are said to be women above the age of 30 years.

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This is the second case to be reported in Mlolongo this year.

What the law says about selling a child

It is illegal in Kenya to sell your own child and is punishable by law.

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In the Children’s Act of Chapter 141 of the Kenyan Constitution, “a child shall be entitled to protection from physical and psychological abuse, neglect and any other form of exploitation
including sale, trafficking or abduction by any person”.


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