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Parents urged to monitor their children’s online deeds following the rise of sexual predators

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has instructed parents to observe their children’s online actions, due to the increase of sexual predators.

The predators have taken advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook to bait teenagers.

“Sexual predators have devised new tricks of abducting teenage girls, in a new trend targeting school-going girls and those who have just completed their secondary school education. The predators prey on the young girls through their social media accounts, where they obtain their personal information before they lure them into their trap.”

This comes after a bus conductor yesterday, protected a teenage girl from a sex predator after she boarded their bus heading to Mombasa to meet a man she had known through Facebook.

The girl who is reported to have boarded the bus at Machakos Junction to meet a stranger lied that she was going to visit meet her brother who stays in Mariakani.

When the conductor told her to pay her bus fare of Sh1, 500, the girl had Sh500.

She promised to pay the balance before they reached Mtito Andei, a promise that was not honoured.

After failing to settle the bus fare, the conductor became suspicious and called the stranger the girl had introduced as a brother.

He asked him to come to pick the girl at the bus stop and settle the remaining Sh1000.

“Upon reaching Samburu, the conductor called the man and tricked him that they had arrived in Mariakani, but the man told him to send the girl to Kaloleni by a motorbike, where she would meet him and settle the balance.”

The conductor fearing for the young girl’s safety went with her to Mombasa, where her safety was guaranteed.

According to the conductor of the Executive Bus Company, they had no choice but to accommodate the teenage girl at their Mombasa office.

They later returned her to Machakos and afterwards reported the matter to the police.

The conductor added that cases of teenage girls being lured by strangers through social media are on the rise.

He revealed another case where a 17-year-old girl who had just sat her KCSE, boarded their bus at Matuu early this week and alighted at Mombasa to meet a stranger.

Meanwhile, detectives from the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit have launched investigations into the incident.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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