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Ugandan children trafficked into Kenya for prostitution

26 January 2015, 13:00 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Ugandan children are trafficked into Kenyan to work in tea estates and also as prostitutes.

This was revealed by the head of Uganda police anti-human trafficking unit, Mose Binoga, in an interview with the press in Kampala.

He said that most of the children affected are those living near the border with Kenya in eastern part of the country. The eastern Ugandan districts at the border with Kenya include Busia, Tororo and Mbale.

He said, ''Survey carried out by police shows that children living at border districts are vulnerable to trafficking. Those districts are  known for trafficking children to work in tea plantations across the border and also as domestic househelps and in some cases prostitutes.''

He said that traffickers are taking advantage of poverty in rural areas to convince the parents to allow them to take their children for what they refer to as 'working opportunities' but instead take them for exploitation.

In a bid to eliminate the vice, police arrested those involved in child trafficking. Last week, five people including two women were arrested on suspicion that they were involved in the vice.

''Apart from the arrests, we have also embarked on sensitizing people about the vice. Slowly, parents are getting informed about it.''

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