Contraband goods, illicit drugs and human trafficking on the rise in Migori, says County Commissioner

Illicit drugs, human trafficking as well as trade in contraband goods are the latest crime trends recorded in Migori County, County Commissioner (CC), Joseph Rotich has said.

Drugs such as Cannabis Sativa and liquor found their ways into the County and through to towns and big cities in Kenya from neighbouring states via Isebania border point and other entry points on the porous common borders.

Speaking to KNA on Saturday, Rotich said contraband goods like sugar were repackaged after finding its way into the region and sold in shops and super markets to unsuspecting consumers disguised in known company brand packages.

We have in the past one month confiscated illicit goods, including bhang, liquor and fuel worth over Sh.100 million and arrested several people associated with the trade, said Rotich.

He said Migori was also of late being used by human traffickers as a transit point, citing the high numbers of Tanzanians, Ugandans, Congolese and Burundians beggars found on the streets of Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret among other towns.

Police in the region have of late noted cases where young women mainly from Tanzania have been brought in to work in massage parlors and bars but most of them ended up engaging in prostitution.

The official said such crimes were being perpetrated by criminal syndicates out to make wealth at the expense of the country’s economy that is now shaky as a result of a huge loss of revenue caused by the trade in contraband goods.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) was unable to meet its target in revenue collection because illegal trade going on in Migori and in Kenya as a whole, added Rotich.

We are also concerned about the end users of the drugs and illicit liquor who are mainly young men and women in schools and outside school whose lives are being been put to high risks by these substances, he said.

Rotich who is also the chairman of the county security committee however noted that security agencies in the region were doing everything possible to slay all the cartels involved in the illicit trades.

He said they had put on high alert the border patrol police unit to deal ruthlessly with cross border crime especially those smuggling illicit goods and firearms into the country.

The unit has highly trained officers who are spread along the common borders. They are also liaising with other government agencies to achieve their objectives, said Rotich.

Source: Kenya News Agency