The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, Nahaman Ojwee, says that a number of teenage girls have been smuggled from the internally displaced persons camps in Kitgum, into southern Sudan. According to Ojwee, the girls aged between 12 and 17-years, are smuggled by businessmen, who promise them better jobs while in southern Sudan. Speaking during celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child at Boma Ground, Ojwee said that preliminary investigations show that some of the girls, who were smuggled into southern Sudan, are working in bars, lodgings and hotels in Juba, Torit, Ikotos and Magwii towns Ojwee does not rule out the possibility that some of the girls could be taken as sex slaves. Ojwee says that his office is working with the authorities in southern Sudan to trace the girls. He said an operation will soon be launched to bring the girls back. In a related development, police in Kitgum are investigating circumstances under which an NGO worker 'abducted' three school girls and ferried them to Kampala. The RDC however refused to reveal the identity of the NGO and the worker for fear of interfering with the investigations. The matter was brought to the RDC's attention after one of the girls escaped from captivity and alerted the police in Kitgum. The girl told police that she became worried when their alleged captor asked them to fill travel documents to India.