According to statistics more than 114 cases of child trafficking and disappearance have been reported from July to September 2021. The statistics indicate that in July 43 children below 15 years were trafficked, 34 in August, and 37 in September.
Busia District is registering an increase in the number of trafficked children.
statistics more than 114 cases of child trafficking and disappearance have been
reported from July to September 2021. The statistics indicate that in July 43
children below 15 years were trafficked, 34 in August, and 37 in September.
Most of the cases
were reported in the sub-counties of Buhehe, Masinya, Lunyo both Western and
Eastern divisions of Busia Municipality among others.
Ochieno, Priscah Anyango, Jonan Makokha among other residents in Bueheh
sub-county says that they have put in place a patrol team led by a member of the
village Local Council Committee to arrest whoever they find with a child and is
not known to them in the area.
“Handi already mulukongo…
Chozira Namukemo, a mother to a 9-year-old boy says that her child disappeared
last week but was rescued by residents in Buhehe sub-county and the suspect
arrested. She appealed to the police to thoroughly investigate such cases and
the culprits arrested.
Fredrick Orengo, the Director Initiative for Peace and Development Uganda, a
child protection non-government organization that operates in the area say that
they are empowering local leaders and children with information to always
question whoever they are uncertain of and are seen with a child.
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Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner attributed the
increased cases of child trafficking to several porous points which the
suspects use to cross with the children to neighboring Kenya. He says that
there’s a routine security patrol at the borderlines.
“Mu July mwoka…
Byaruhanga, the Busia District Police Commander says that they have embarked on
community sensitization through local radio stations in the area. He has urged
parents to remain vigilant and take charge of their children ahead of festive