At least 20 cases of missing children are reported in the Eastern Region of Uganda every month.
According to Agnes Igoye the Deputy National Coordinator-Prevention in trafficking in Persons, most of these children are from the Busoga sub-region and are trafficked via Busia and Malaba to Kenya.
Igoye told the media in Kampala on Monday that those involved in the trafficking of children are now using persons with disabilities to do their dirty work.
“They use children to push their wheelchairs across the borders. We want to know the criminals behind this act,” Ms. Igoya says.
She however warned that they will arrest parents whose children are missing but haven’t been reported to the authorities.
Meanwhile, Igoye says bars and clubs in Malaba are also targeting young girls from Tooro, Rwanda, and Buganda for trafficking because they are beautiful and they have a market.
She added that business owners are also targeting boys especially the Bakiga for labor.