The police have intercepted 11 Karimojong girls who were being
trafficked to Teso and other parts of the country.
According to the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Commander, Michael Longole, police
received information that the girls were gathered at Alekilek in Napak district
and had boarded a taxi without any other passengers.
He says that investigations been instituted but police suspect it could be an
act of child trafficking. Police suspect the girls aged between 9-14 were being
trafficked to Teso and other parts of the country for child labour and other forms of child
According to the preliminary investigations, all the girls are from Napak
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The unidentified driver of the vehicle registration number UBB 725 J has been arrested to help investigations.
Child trafficking is common in Karamoja especially in Napak district where young girls are trafficked on the pretext of offering
them better opportunities.
A group of 32 girls are also being held at CPS Napak pending further
investigations. Police says the 32 were intercepted last week from different
checkpoints in Bukedea, Soroti and Iriiri.
Each year hundreds of Karimojong girls leave Napak in search of
greener pastures in Kampala city while others are taken to Nairobi.
According to Molly Namirembe of Christian Economic Organization, ECO that
handles children's affairs in Napak district, many children are being
trafficked out of Karamoja currently. She says the child traffickers are taking
advantage of the hunger situation in the region.
“These girls are promised greener pastures elsewhere but they end up in the
streets or being exploited,” said Namirembe.
Last week, 32 Karamojong girls and 3 of their infants were repatriated to
Uganda through Busia one-stop border post.
The girls who were from Napak, Nakapiripirit and Moroto districts among others
in the Karamoja sub-region were stranded in the streets of Kenya’s capital