Kenyan authorities are set to deport at least 40 Jordanian nationals who were arrested in Mombasa early this week.
The foreigners were arrested on Monday after they were found begging in the streets of the coastal city, having arrived in the country as tourists on diverse dates in April this year.
Police said they were transferred to Nairobi by bus on Thursday ahead of their deportation through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Friday evening
The foreigners, including 19 adults and 21 children had valid tourist visas and were spotted begging in Old Town and Mackinnon Market area to raise funds to travel to Eastleigh in Nairobi.
“They were staying in various hotels within, but later they were found begging within the streets of Mombasa, which means they were flouting the Visa rules,” said Mvita sub-county Police Commander Maxwell Agoro.
“After their arrests, they were taken to Coast Regional Police Headquarters for interrogation and handed over to the Regional Directorate of Criminal Investigation.”
It is suspected that it was a case of human trafficking because the Jordanians came to the country on one-way tickets.