• No_Ads
Human trafficking ‘still a challenge’Publish Date: Dec 10, 2013
Human trafficking ‘still a challenge’
  • mail
  • img
Krishna Institute of Medical Science Professor Vasudev Chaturvedi (L), Lt. Col. John Kundi Wangusi (C) and Christopher Ogwal who are accused of trafficking in human body parts appear before court on July 11, 2013. PHOTO/Kennedy Oryema

By Edward Anyoli      

KAMPALA - Human trafficking is still a big problem in the east African region, a senior EAC peace and security officer says.

Didacus Kaguta explained that the vice is still a challenge because the current law on human trafficking is not stringent enough to deter offenders.

“There  are  weak  laws  in place and  courts do not  give  stringent  terms of  deterrent sentences  to  the  offenders,” he said while addressing East African Community heads of anti-human trafficking at Imperial Royal Hotel on Monday.

More than 100,000 people were smuggled out of eastern Africa in 2012, he revealed.

According to the US State department report of June 2013, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are on the watch-list countries that could eventually face US sanctions for failure to combat human trafficking.

Kaguta believes that human trafficking is a unique criminal act that requires multi-sectoral action and that managing it effectively can best be achieved through the application of prosecution, protection, prevention and partnership with EAC region.

The security officer told the participants that women in the region have become experts in human trafficking especially for sexual exploitation in reward for huge sums of money.

He said in another form of trafficking, children are taken into captivity and trained as terrorists.

Senior EAC peace and security officer Didacus Kaguta says the vice is still a major challenge. PHOTO/Lillia Babirya

Interpol reports indicate that Ugandan women are trafficked to India, Afghanistan, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates as sex slaves.

To effectively curb the increasing cases of sexual exploitation among young girls in the region, Kaguta suggests, Tanzania and Kenya need to put up strong measures in the coastal areas.

He highlighted trafficking for human body parts, saying that victims are targeted for their vital organs for transplant and flown to countries like South Africa and India.

Albinos are the major targets because of a conventional belief that they are a source of wealth.

 John Kariuki, officer-in-charge of the Serious Crimes department at the CID headquarters in Nairobi said issues of governance, poverty and porous borders continue to downplay interventions in countering crime in the region.

“Fighting crime in the region is every one’s job and should transcend beyond law enforcement. Strengthening and educating institutions like the judiciary, Parliament and prosecution in human trafficking prevention remains essential,” he said.

The Kenyan police officer pointed out the need to provide protective measures against human trafficking in the region.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Rotary offers sh375m for heart surgeries at Mulago
Rotary internationally has announced a $150,000 (sh375m) package annually to support heart surgeries at Uganda heart Institute at Mulago....
Tororo district council honors ex-MP Oketcho
Tororo district leaders have hailed the fallen Budama North constituency MP William Oketcho as a unifying factor who always preached peace even during the time when the district was sharply divided on tribal issues over the curving out of another district....
Gov’t rejects UNEB plan to hike registration fees
The government has rejected a plan by the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) to hike its registration fees by about 5%....
Minister warns medics selling mama kits
Midwives and other health personnel who sell government-procured mama kits to mothers have been advised to stop the vice else they will be arrested....
Rotary hosts over 1,200 delegates for global conference
At least 1,200 participants from across the globe have convened in Kampala for an international conference of Rotary International....
Lira NGO petitions government on childbirth deaths
Unreliable power supply, poor referral system, shortage of water source in the delivery wards, understaffing and low funding are severely affecting health service delivery according to White Ribbon Alliance (WRA)...
WIll the national ID registration process be completed in the scheduled 4 months timeframe?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter