Challenges facing reintegration of child survivors of trafficking in Nairobi Metropolitan Area
This study investigated the challenges facing reintegration of child survivors of trafficking in Nairobi Metropolitan Area. The study was conducted in Nairobi and the neighbouring towns of Thika and Machakos. The main objective was to explore the challenges facing the reintegration of child survivors of trafficking in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area. The specific objectives were: to assess the reintegration services that exist in the Nairobi Metropolitan area, to describe challenges facing reintegration programmes in Nairobi Metropolitan area and to examine gender needs in reintegration of .child survivors of trafficking. Data were collected using structured interviews, in-depth interviews, observation and secondary sources. Quantitative data were analyzed manually to generate frequencies which are presented in tables and bar graphs. Qualitative data were analyzed thematically in accordance with the research objectives. Out of the 15 organizations studied, only two had a main counter-trafficking department. In addition, none of these organizations had counter-trafficking as a sole mandate. Another, finding is that the trafficked children were from poor families and had were lowly educated. The study concludes that reintegration is a very important aspect of counter-trafficking work and, therefore, it should be factored into all stages of policy formulation, legislation, programme development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation. It is, therefore, recommended that as the counter-trafficking stakeholders plan on and develop victim assistance guidelines, specific guidelines should be developed on reintegration and awareness made on all the actors in the counter-trafficking sector.