A court in Nairobi has ordered the repatriation of some 27 Ethiopian immigrants who were arrested in the city.
The five girls and 22 men between the ages of 12 and 36 are said to have been smuggled into the country against their will.
Some of them have been identified as Yusefe Dele Talato, Tamagen Fikire Gudso, and Werdu Wollda Igado.
The immigrants did not understand any of the national languages of Kenya and could not provide any documentation on their status.
They were then taken to Buru Buru police station, where they revealed their documents were taken by agents who left them in Eastleigh.
In an affidavit, the investigating officer told the court that the Ethiopians entered the country through an undisclosed route.
He said they paid 3,000 birr each before leaving Ethiopia and handing in their passports.
In seeking repatriation orders, the officer told the court, “The victims are not of permanent residence and if released, they could be exempted from the jurisdiction of the court, taking into account the seriousness of the crime.”
“I am asking this court to issue me repatriation orders to return the defendants to their country, Ethiopia,” the official said.