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Govt investigates child trafficking

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th July 2006 03:00 AM

THE Government is investigating reports on trafficking of mainly girls in cattle markets in Katakwi district in the east.

THE Government is investigating reports on trafficking of mainly girls in cattle markets in Katakwi district in the east.

By Joyce Namutebi
THE Government is investigating reports on trafficking of mainly girls in cattle markets in Katakwi district in the east.

The Minister of State for Youth, James Kinobe, said on Thursday that the ministry had directed the commissioner responsible to carry out investigations.

He said they had also alerted security agencies to follow up the matter.

“We are trying to establish the circumstances. They could be trying to help people come here or it could be a bigger network,” he said.

The matter came to light when the woman MP for Amuria district, Rhoda Acen, on Saturday told a workshop for women MPs at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe that women were selling their children at Ocorimongin cattle market in Katakwi to fend for their families.

She said this was because husbands had fled their homes ahead of the disarmament exercise and due to famine.

However, Usuk MP in Katakwi, Charles Oleny refuted the claims, reports John Omoding.

“There is nothing like human trade of Karamoja girls in Katakwi as it has been reported in the press.

“What has been happening all those years is the Karimojong normally go to Teso to seek assistance whenever they are struck by a shortage of food.”

He added, “And what has been happening is that they stay with families there until they go back.”

Govt investigates child trafficking

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