The Department of Labour is regulating all labour exports in the country to enable individuals traveling abroad as seafarers work in a secure environment.
the Secretary State Department of Labour, Chege Mwangi said the government in collaboration with various agencies was putting in place measures that will seal all the loopholes of human trafficking and illegal recruitment in the seafarers industry.
Mwangi said some criminals were illegally recruiting young boys aged 18 and 20 to work as seafarers in foreign countries and sneaking them out of the country disguising them as students.
Recruitments can only be done by licensed agencies, and we will not allow any individual to exploit the young boys or engage in human trafficking, he added.
Speaking at Transcom House at a Press Conference, the Labour Secretary urged people in Mombasa interested in the seafarers’ jobs to visit County Employment Offices in Mombasa and Malindi for assistance.
Mwangi said the department has a data Centre under the Employment Authority, which is shared with security agencies and Foreign Affairs Ministry to monitor the activities of the industry and to detect criminal activities.
He at the same time, stated that the government will not allow anybody to leave the country without attestation; a document Mwangi said confirms that a person has the required qualifications, has undergone re-departure training organized by a government agency and issued with a certificate of competency.
The government will issue circulars on exit points to stop criminals sneaking the youth and people who do not have valid documents from sneaking out the country, he said.
Mwangi said the government has signed bilateral labour agreements with United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia that allows Kenyans to work in those countries.
The Chairman Seafarers Union of Kenya, Daudi Hajj said the country has a lot of jobs in the industry that they can offer the unemployed youth and urged government agencies to work closely with the Union.
The Director General National Employment Authority, Rael Rotich noted that the Authority had already registered 26 recruitment agencies to scrutinise the certificates of skilled, semi-skilled and domestic seafarers leaving the country.
Source: Kenya News Agency