Kenya police rescue 25 women from suspected human trafficking ring

March 29, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

The Kenyan Police have rescued 25 women of Burundian origin. These women are believed to be victims of human trafficking in Ruiru, a town 25km northwest of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Kenya police rescue

In a Thursday morning raid, officers from the transnationally organised crime unit arrived at the Gwa Kairu homestead and arrested three Kenyan women.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) named the suspects as Mercy Kaaia, Lydia Nyambura and Susan Nyambura Ng’ang’a.Kenya police rescue

According to the DCI, the 25 victims were being held hostage at the compound in readiness for transit to Asian countries. They were aged between 24 and 33 years.Police said the suspects will be charged soon.

In a 2018 report by the US State Department, Kenya was named as a source, transit and destination for human trafficking.Kenya police rescue

While the country passed the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act in 2010, it is yet to effectively eliiminate the evil.Kenya police rescue

The victims include children and young adults. They are usually subjected to forced labour and sexual exploitation.Kenya police rescue

CHALLENGE

Human trafficking and prostitution is a profound problem. It causes the exploitation of children,  young men and women across the world.

Kenya’s refugee rights organizations and aid agencies have blamed poverty in the East African region for the rising cases of human trafficking.

They said that the huge supply of labour, both skilled and unskilled, makes them vulnerable to criminal syndicates.

According to the NGO End Child Prostitution in Kenya, in 2009 there were up to 50,000 children involved in the sex trade. Most of the customers of child prostitution were Kenyan nationals, as well as tourists from Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 2012, child advocates reported that men were paying around $25 (2,000 Kenyan Shillings) to have sex with girls as young as 12.  The Refugees Consortium of Kenya reported that at least 50 girls between the age of 10 to 15 are sold in the major cities of Kenya every week. The human traffickers generate an estimated $40 Million a year from the selling of young girls. The International Organization of Migration says that up to 20,000 people from Somalia and Ethiopia are smuggled into Kenya each year and their way to South Africa.

There is an immense amount of intelligence which can be gathered from the arrested suspects. Investigators must conduct systematic and time-bound investigations to reap the benefits of the information present with the suspects.

Existing intelligence gathering techniques can not scale up to deal with a task of such proportions.  Also, routine police work cannot be halted because of this operation. Thus, to interrogate these cases, there is an urgent need for a modern investigation tool which is accurate, reliable and able to be deployed at multiple locations in a quick manner.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science has introduced a cutting-edge tool which has all the desired characteristics and can reduce the workload of the investigating agencies while increasing the accuracy of screening of suspects. This revolutionary tool in the field of forensic science is called iCognative.  It helps to significantly lower the cost of carrying out the interrogation. Imagine having the ability to detect concealed information stored in the brain. iCognative is a proven science which can do that by measuring brain waves. Forensic Science has been constantly improving itself. iCognative is the solution which has taken forensics to the next level. It is highly versatile as it can be employed to help in solving cybercrime, human trafficking, maintaining national-security, border-security, detecting immigration fraud, curbing drug trafficking, and fighting terrorism.

What makes iCognative an indispensable technology is its’s applicability in 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases. In contrast, DNA and conventional fingerprints are uncovered in only 1-2% of the cases. iCognative requires fewer resources, be it time, manpower or money, to conduct screening of suspects and the gather additional information. iCognative helps to identify if crime-related information and details are present in the mind of an arrested suspect or not. This helps to quickly screen suspects and narrow down to the most likely one. Also, innocent persons can be exonerated quickly.

Law enforcers will be delighted to learn that iCognative is non-invasive. In fact, it is the mission of Brainwave Science to eliminate torture and trauma from the process of interrogation. Unlike a lie-detector test, which isn’t fool-proof, iCognative has no known countermeasures. The fact that it does not report any false positives or false negatives makes it extremely reliable. iCognative reports its results with 99.9% accuracy. It presents them in the form of either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’. There is no processing time and the results are available immediately after the usual 45-minute long test.

Images, words, and phrases related to the crime are shown on a computer screen in succession. The test subject wears a specialized headset during the test which records his or her brain response to each stimulus. If the subject has prior knowledge of the stimulus, then the brain will react in a particular way. This brain response is picked up by the headset and communicated to the iCognative computer. After the analysis of all the responses, the result is presented. In this case, the hundreds of arrested suspects can be systematically tested for the presence of information related to the crimes they are suspected of having committed. The stimuli can be customized according to their individual case. The stimuli can include details of the ways to solicit or advertise sex, the details of the money which was exchanged, pictures and details of the trafficked victims, details of the venues where the sex acts usually took place, etc.

iCognative will not only help in indicating the presence of crime-related information but also help in deconstructing the structure and hierarchy of criminal organizations which the suspects may belong to.

There could never be a better time than this in order to make use of scientific and reliable technology in the investigation of such a big number of cases. iCognative is universally applicable because of the option of customization of language and functionality.

Investigating agencies must try iCognative in order to diffrentiate between the innocent and the guilty, to quickly discover linkages between arrested suspects and members of their organisations.

Main source: CGTN