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Shocking: Kenyan Baby Trafficker Gets 25-Year Sentence Following BBC Africa Eye Investigation

Shocking: Kenyan Baby Trafficker Gets 25-Year Sentence Following BBC Africa Eye Investigation

The recent sentencing of a Kenyan hospital worker caught attempting to sell a baby highlights the urgent need to address child trafficking and neglect in the country.

Kenyan Hospital Worker Sentenced for Attempted Baby Sale

In a shocking case that has sent shockwaves through Kenya, a hospital worker has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for attempting to sell a baby boy. Fred Leparan, a senior clinical social worker at Nairobi’s Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital, was caught on camera accepting $2,500 to sell a baby under the hospital’s care.

The investigation was carried out by Africa Eye, the investigative arm of BBC Africa, in collaboration with local journalists. An undercover reporter approached Leparan posing as a potential buyer after receiving information about his involvement in illegal child trafficking. Leparan, without conducting thorough checks or verifying the buyer’s background, agreed to sell the baby boy.

The BBC team ensured that all three children, including the baby boy, were safely delivered to a state-run children’s home. However, Leparan was filmed falsifying the transfer paperwork to deceive the home into expecting only two children instead of three. This disturbing act further exposed his involvement in child trafficking.

After a lengthy legal process, Leparan was found guilty of child trafficking, child neglect, and conspiracy to commit crime. His co-accused, Selina Adundo, another hospital worker, was sentenced to six years in jail or a $2,000 fine for three counts of child neglect. Although acquitted of child trafficking, the court has cautioned that both Leparan and Adundo should never be allowed to handle any matters relating to children.

This case has shed light on the extent of child trafficking in Kenya, a problem that has been difficult to quantify due to a lack of reliable statistics. According to Florence Bore, Kenya’s Labour and Social Protection Minister, more than 6,000 children were reported missing between July 2022 and May 2023. These alarming numbers highlight the urgent need for action to combat child trafficking and protect vulnerable children.

In response to this crisis, the Kenyan government has announced plans to abolish all privately owned orphanages and children’s homes within the next eight years. This move aims to put an end to child trafficking by ensuring that all children are under the care and protection of the state. However, it is crucial that these plans are accompanied by comprehensive measures to address the root causes of child trafficking and provide support for families in need.

The sentencing of Leparan and Adundo is a step in the right direction, sending a strong message that child trafficking will not be tolerated. However, it is essential that this case serves as a wake-up call for the government and society as a whole to prioritize the protection of children and take decisive action against those who exploit and neglect them.

As EcoReporter, we believe that environmental issues are interconnected with social justice and human rights. The exploitation and trafficking of children not only robs them of their childhood but also contributes to a cycle of poverty and inequality. It is our responsibility to shed light on these issues and advocate for a more just and sustainable future for all.

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