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Four women charged in Nakuru for child trafficking

Monday February 23 2015

Ms Damaris Atieno, a suspected child trafficker

Ms Damaris Atieno, a suspected child trafficker holding a one-day-old baby is led by police to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru on February 19, 2015. Ms Atieno and three others were Monday charged with the child trafficking offence at a Nakuru court. They were released on a Sh200,000 bond each. The case will be mentioned on March 5, 2015. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

JAMES KARIUKI
By JAMES KARIUKI
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Four women were Monday charged in court with trafficking children at Kiratina Sub-Location in Nakuru County.

The four, Margaret Auma, Anastasia Mutuku, Tabitha Moraa and Damaris Atieno denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Samuel Mungai and were released on a Sh200,000 bond each with sureties of similar amounts awaiting the mention of the case on March 5, 2015.

The court heard that on February 19, Ms Moraa delivered a child inside Ms Auma’s house and handed over her child to Damaris Atieno for adoption in the presence of an intermediary, Ms Mutuku.

Ms Auma who is reported to be a midwife was said to be the major link between mothers and child traffickers from various parts of the country.

She is reported to be involved in sourcing for children for sale to yet to be arrested couples in need of children.

Ms Auma denied that she established a child trafficking centre in a rental property at Kiratina and was ordered to attend court on May 8, 2015 when her case will be heard.

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The mother, who is still breastfeeding her week-old baby was ordered to attend court on May 8, 2015 for hearing in a different court while the intermediary, Ms Mutuku was unable to raise bail and was taken to Nakuru Women’s Prison until May 5, 2015 when the case will be heard by a different court.

Ms Owuor also entered a not guilty plea and was ordered to attend court on May 7, 2015 for hearing.

She was however unable to meet bail terms and was remanded in the women’s prison.