Foreigner who wanted to marry 11-year old girl arrested

Police escort Mr Baha Ukes, a New Zealand national who was arrested in Meru on Tuesday with two underage girls from Sere Olipi in Samburu. He said he intended to marry one of them and had already paid eight cows and Sh7,500 as part of dowry. Police are also investigating claims that he is involved in production of pornographic films in Samburu County. PHOTO/KENNEDY KIMANTHI

What you need to know:

  • Another man suspected to be a recruiter of the girls is also in police custody.
  • It was not immediately established where he intended to take the two children but he claimed that he was finalising plans to marry one of them.
  • Mr Ukes told journalists that he had already paid eight cows and Sh7,500 as part of dowry to the girl’s parents.
  • The two girls who could neither speak in Swahili or English said the foreigner picked them up at their home on Tuesday morning.

Police in Meru are holding a New Zealand national suspected of being involved in a child trafficking and pornography syndicate.


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