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Man convicted after BBC report into people trafficking

Authorities apprehended James Zengo Nestory in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, and subsequently found him guilty of all charges.

An investigation by BBC’s Africa Eye has resulted in the conviction of a man on charges of trafficking disabled people in Kenya. He was given 30 years in prison unless he paid a fine of 30,000,000 Kenyan shillings ($242,000; £196,000).

An undercover BBC investigation in June uncovered a human trafficking ring transporting disabled children from Tanzania to Kenya.

There was a promise of a better life for those who were taken from their families. Instead, the youngsters were made to beg for money on the streets, frequently for long periods of time, with none of the proceeds going to the kids.

Some of the alleged victims stated they were beaten if they did not bring in enough money.

Authorities apprehended James Zengo Nestory in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and subsequently found him guilty of all charges.

“I have also noted that you are disabled. Prison might not be a good environment for you ,” Magistrate Agnes Wahito remarked.

“This is your first offence so I have given you the minimum sentence to pay 30,000,000 [shillings]. If you don’t have [that] you will be jailed for 30 years in prison.”

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