Police in Nebbi have arrested three people for alleged involvement in child trafficking. Joyce Atim, Pauline Nyamungu and Omwon Goffine, all residents of Nebbi town were arrested after two children went missing in Kampala.
Police in Nebbi have arrested three people for alleged involvement in child trafficking.
Joyce Atim, Pauline Nyamungu and Omwon Goffine, all residents of Nebbi town were arrested after two children went missing in Kampala.
According to police Joyce Atim does not have a child and that she went to her cousin sister, Nyamungu Pauline in Kampala and asked her to buy for her child.
But because the assignment was hard, the suspect tricked her friend with whom they were praying to hand her his children for sponsorship in Nebbi.
Kennedy Mpiima, who lost his wife, gave his two children aged between 3 and 5years to Nyamungu.
Mpiima, a resident of Katoke, Nansana village in Wakiso district, told police that since Nyamungu got his children, she has never brought them for holidays as agreed before.
He said when he came to Atim in Nebbi, she told him that she bought those two children from Nyamungu at 350,000 each and if he wants his children, he should pay all the expenses incurred in paying school fees and up keep and refund her700,000= .
The Officer in Charge Nebbi police station Gimton Aguta said Atim had started building a permanent house for the children and paying for them school fees.
He added that the intentions of Atim was not to sacrifice the children.
According to police, this is the first time people have been arrested over alleged child trafficking in Nebbi.
The United States of America global trafficking in humans report ranks Uganda in tier 2, a group of countries which do not comply with the minimum standards required to fight human trafficking and protection of victims of human trafficking.
Asan Kasingye, the director of Interpol in Uganda said last week that police has not done enough to fight human trafficking.
Kasingye said there is a lot that needs to be improved in operationalization of the law on human trafficking and protection of victims.
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