Police in Kiira Region in collaboration with their counterparts in Bugembe police has arrested a Pastor of Christ the Answer Church, identified as Pastor Masiga Robert on allegations of Aggravated Human Trafficking and Sexual exploitation of girls.
The police in Buwenge, became aware of the suspect, when a 17-year-old, female juvenile disclosed how he persuaded, induced, and enticed her into having sex with him, which led to her pregnancy.
A raid was conducted on his churches at Buwenge and Tororo. In Buwenge, a total of 33 victims were recovered from his home at Kyerinda village, Buwenge Town Council, in Jinja City, while an additional 20, were recovered from Tororo.
Also, three (3) adults were reunited with their families, bringing the total number of victims to 54; all aged between 4 and 25. The victims comprised of 27 female juveniles, 04 female adults, 22 male juveniles, and 01 male adults, who in close coordination with the Human Trafficking Institute have been handed over to respective shelter homes for better protection and counseling.
On further examination of the female victims, an additional 3 girls were found to be pregnant, bringing the total number to 4. They indicate that because the pastor was older and described himself as a pastor, a good Samaritan, guardian, and father figure they found it difficult and fearful to resist him. He sexually abused them countless times.
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says the arrest of the suspect reflects the seriousness of these crimes and the trauma it causes the innocent girls and other victims.
“We are going to ensure we bring him to justice, for sexually exploiting 4 young girls and impregnating them, and for the Aggravated Trafficking of Human beings. We urge all members of the public to take a keen interest in their neighborhood, especially where children and other vulnerable persons are gathered for further care and support. We also call upon parents and guardians who hand over these vulnerable children to such self-styled orphanages and church ministry, to always make follow-up” Enanga says.
He also applauded the task teams from Kiira Region, for their efforts in cracking down on Child Sexual exploitation and trafficking in persons, and warned all perpetrators, who choose to sexually abuse children that they will be caught and prosecuted. The suspect is being charged on several counts of Aggravated Human Trafficking, Aggravated Defilement, and Conspiracy.