The just published report “Kenya’s human trafficking routes: new data insights into high activity locations and regional risk” reveals the origin, transit and destination locations in and out of Kenya of migrating and trafficked humans (including children). Terre des Hommes Netherlands and our partners in Kenya have teamed up with peer organisations under the Stop the Traffik Kenya initiative, to centrally collect all relevant data from our programmes addressing (child/human) trafficking and migration in the country. The resulting report informs the human-trafficking situation across the whole country.
Kenya is a known source, transit and destination hub for international as well as domestic human trafficking and migration. However, lack of centralised data collection is, like in many countries, a major challenge to get full insight in the trafficking and migration scope and dynamics. The Stop the Traffik Kenya data collection project, in partnership with the Freedom Collective, intends to build an improved evidence-base of movement in, out and within the country.
One of the main conclusions of this mapping exercise is that the data indicate that traffickers are increasingly abandoning the existing well-known routes. Alternative new corridors have been identified to avoid being under the radar of the Kenyan government and of the civil society organisations working to stop trafficking. This emphasises the need for continued collaboration by government and civil society to share learning and insights, and to jointly re-strategise on anti-trafficking responses.