"The girls were victims of an organised crime syndicate that indulged in trafficking," the Minister said.

Three Indian girls who were trafficked rescued from Kenya Sushma SwarajImage: PTI
news Diplomacy Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 11:57

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that three Indian and seven Nepalese girls, who were victims of trafficking, have been rescued from Kenya.

"We have rescued three Indian girls from Kenya. The girls were victims of an organised crime syndicate that indulged in trafficking... Seven Nepalese girls were also rescued. Their passports and phones were taken and they were held captive in Mombasa," the Minister tweeted.

"We have flown our girls back to India. We are sharing details with the Punjab government so that a case is registered against the agents and people involved. 

"I appreciate the efforts of Indian High Commissioner in Kenya Suchitra Durai... We thank the Kenyan Police for their help," she said.

Sushma Swaraj has also interacted with the Kenyan government earlier.

In November last year, Sushma Swaraj condoled the death of Indian-origin Kenyan national Bunty Shah, who was killed in police firing in October in Nairobi, and assured of all help to Shahs family.

Replying to a tweet by Netra Parikh who asked Sushma Swaraj to help the bereaved family, the Minister said: "I have received a report from the Indian High Commission in Nairobi. Deceased Bunty Shah was a Kenyan national of Indian origin."

"The Kenyan security forces were conducting anti-terror operations in a building across Shah's residence. Bunty thought this was an intrusion by armed burglars and fired in the air," she wrote on Twitter.

"The security forces returned fire, resulting in Bunty's death. The Kenyan Police have regretted the incident. The Indian High Commission will provide all help and assistance to the family. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family," Sushma Swaraj added.

The local administration had promised a thorough probe into the circumstances leading to Shah's death, who had a licensed weapon.


IANS inputs

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