There are many reasons to prosecute perpetrators of human trafficking. First and foremost it prevents them from further devastating our communities further. To see justice. To prevent the traffickers to harass their victims further. And lastly it is a part of the rehabilitation process for the victims to see justice being served.
Prosecuting perpetrators is not always possible. Traffickers are operating in secret and often knows their victim’s families which makes the victim unable to cooperate with authorities out of fear, which can make it impossible to collect evidence against the traffickers. The traffickers make threats and often times not ungrounded. Recently, a victim told how her son was abducted while she was abroad to force her to comply. The traffickers in Kenya are often organized and have connections to important people in law enforcement and a lot of money for bribes.
It is not easy, but we continue to work with local authorities to arrest and prosecute traffickers. The police and judiciary system are often not aware of the issue which makes it difficult to explain the issues involved. We will often have to go back to the same police station day after day for a week. We have had some cases of traffickers being arrested. Especially when it is children involved, the police is easier to work with.
To prosecute perpetrators we have to be vigilant and persistent and fight corruption and advocate for law enforcement.