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Date: 31-01-2022

Kajiado National Women Steering Committee (NWSC) county coordinator held meetings with various women groups targeting to train thousands of women on ways to mitigate human trafficking. The objective is to train women in the county on various social-economic challenges the coordinator has consistently worked with partners in formulating vibrant strategies in order to sensitize the women on human trafficking effects and how it can be mitigated.

The coordinator kickstarted the meeting by saying, “Today, we as women of this county are gathered here being the main victims of this menace, that has grown to be the third largest after drug dealing and arms trafficking in our county.”

Human trafficking was discussed at length as the trade in people, especially women and children exposing the victims to be exploited in pornography, prostitution, occupationally or abused in other ways and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from one place to another.

Some of the effects of human trafficking that were highlighted in the discussions included: alienation and isolation from social support, depression, anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance use and Shame and guilt

Recommendations to avoid becoming a victim of human trafficking were clearly brought forth with the internet being identified as the main avenue where the perpetrators of this vice easily break ice with the victims.

One of the speakers present sensitized attendees on ensuring privacy regarding information sharing. The speaker urged the group to keep their information on social media confidential such as concerning your full name, address, telephone number, or other people that you know or share photos of friends and family, or any information about you publicly. Limit access to your information. People closest to you, do not use networks to meet people because it can be very dangerous.” One of the speakers echoed.