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Cases of trafficking in children at Busia, Malaba Border points worry authorities

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Cases of trafficking in children at Busia, Malaba Border points worry authorities

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.

Igoye on Children

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.

Igoye on bars

She added that business owners are also targeting boys especially the Bakiga for labor.

Igoye on Bakiga

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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