The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) revealed on Saturday, November 21 that it had unearthed an online cartel attracting high school students, a day after seven missing girls were rescued.
In a statement, management said the cartel lured schoolgirls from their homes for party orgies that lasted for days.
“The DCI wishes to inform the public that we are hunting down members of the cartel and that they will be apprehended to answer for their crimes”, one reads in an excerpt from the press release.
Headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations along the Kiambu road
DCI further urged parents to remain vigilant, take a keen interest in their children’s activities at home, and monitor what they are doing on social media.
“As investigations continue, we wish to issue a stern warning to people who are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to attack schoolgirls,” the investigative body said.
“Their days are numbered,” part of the statement posted on Twitter.
The girls told DCI officials attached to the Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit and the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau that they were lured out of their homes. home and tied in party joints in Nairobi.
“A number of concerned Kayole and Komarock parents in Nairobi have reported to us that their daughters have been missing from the house for days. The parents only reported that their daughters were missing after failing to return home several days later, ”the statement read.
DCI said the cartel used internationally registered phone numbers, although they operate out of Nairobi.
DCI’s warning came days after the rescue of seven missing teenage girls from Komarock Estate in Nairobi.
Their missing person case went viral after their plight was brought to light by Fiona Otieno, one of the missing girl’s cousins.
Upon their return, the girls revealed they were bored at home, having stayed indoors since the Covid-19 outbreak in March.
“I wouldn’t be here without the angle it all took on social media, with people stalking us,” said Natalie, one of the missing girls.
A relative of one of the missing girls suspected that there was a group of online human traffickers recruiting young girls into their gang.
“I’m told about 20 girls here are in the ring but we don’t know their master yet, although we suspect one of us (in the community),” she said.