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Two in court for luring desperate job seekers into prostitution

Two people suspected of luring women into an online sex syndicate have been charged with human trafficking for sexual exploitation contrary to section 17 (b) of the Sexual Offences Act (SOA) of 2006.

Michael Ochieng Okwaro and Stella Syomiti Kingesi are accused of controlling two women through the Stripchat website resulting in the two women getting involved in prostitution at their house in Kasarani, Nairobi.

They are also facing a charge of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to section 393 of the penal code and controlling the two women and conspiring to traffic them for sexual exploitation contrary to section 17 (b) of the SOA of 2006.

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They allegedly committed the offence on diverse dates between January 15 and February 27, 2023 at their house in Kasarani, Nairobi jointly with others who are still at large.

One of the women met Ms Kingesi in early January in Nairobi and they exchanged contacts. The victim who was desperately looking for a job requested Ms Kingesi to help her get a job.

A few days later, Ms Kingesi called the woman and told her that there was a job at Stripchat that required one to have a national identity card only.

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Ms Kingesi sent the woman a bus fare to travel to her house. At Ms Kingesi’s home, the woman was told all that was needed for the job was a laptop or smartphone and wifi to start off the website.

She created a Stripchat account for her and the complainant went online where she met a man who asked her to perform sexual acts with a sex toy. She obliged and was paid on February 15. She continued with the arrangement until she barred from leaving the house.

It is then that the complainant realized that there were other women who were also performing similar acts with the same sex toys and she had contracted an STI in the process.

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The woman later sent a text to an activist who alerted the police. Police officers stormed the house and rescued her together with another woman who was also detained in the house while performing similar acts of prostitution.

The two suspects were arraigned at the Makadara Law Courts where they denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Lewis Gatheru.

They were released on a bond of Sh100,000. with the case set for mentioning on March 16, 2023 before hearing starts on July 27, 2023.

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