10 Ugandan girls trafficked to Kenya daily: Government moves to tighten laws to deal with traffickers.

10 Ugandan girls are trafficked to Kenya daily while over 200 have been intercepted being trafficked to different destinations. This is according to Mr. Damon Wamara, the country Director of Dwelling places. Speaking at the inter-ministerial dialogue on the transportation of children this morning in Kampala, Mr. Wamara said the children aged between 10-18 years are trafficked to work as maids at merger fees. “These children mainly use the Kenya-Uganda boarder and many end up in Nairobi for forced labour or to work as maids.” He emphasized. He says internal trafficking is also a big problem and in collaboration with the local governments, over 200 children have been intercepted in Napak district, Karamoja region alone. He adds that internally, the children are recruited into forced begging, selling of eggs and bananas. His comments come at a time when government is reviewing the traffic and road safety act 1998. The secretary of the transport licensing board, Ms Immaculate Natukunda says some of the proposals include: limiting of children on motorcycles popularly known as bodabodas, movement of unaccompanied children and collection of information from users of buses. She says all bus companies according to the proposed amendments will be required to collect bio data of all its clients for easy trace of traffickers. “Currently bus companies do not take bio data of their clients and although children have been intercepted on buses, it has been hard to trace the traffickers because there is no information on the bus users”. Ms Natukunda said. She also says not more than two children can be transported on the bodabodas and children less than five years should sit with an adult. “Two children between ages 5-12 are equivalent to one adult and so not more than two children of the same age can be allowed on a boda. This is to ensure that children travel safely”. Ms Natukunda said. Meanwhile government is to also come up with routes for taxis and only members in groups dubbed SACCOS will be licensed to ply different routes.

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