MPS TO MOVE MOTION ON CHILD TRAFFICKING

Members of parliament under the Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children have resolved to move a motion meant to find a solution to the increasing cases of trafficking persons specifically children. In a meeting organized by Child rights organizations led by Dwelling Places, the MPs expressed concern over the increased cases of trafficking children. Led by the chairperson of the forum, Bernard Atiku, the MPs have started compiling the information needed to call for action against the vice. This is after viewing an investigative report done by NBS TV journalist Canary Mugume on the problem showing mothers selling off their children at 50,000 shillings at Arapai Market in Karamoja. The children bought are trafficked to different cities and thrown on the streets where are forced to work. “Each Member of Parliament is represented on the streets of Kampala, that is how big the problem is and the time to act is now” Said Bernard Atiku. The motion will be moved by Nakapripirit Member of Parliament Esther Anyakun, who says the time is now for parliament to provide a budget for resettling children on the streets. “We have seen supplementary budgets passed for different reasons, this time let it be for children. It is time for parliament to approve money for resettling children off the streets”. She Emphasized. In having a comprehensive motion, the MPs will work together with Child Rights Organizations. Meanwhile the executive Director High Sound for Children, Hadijah Mwanje says the media plays a crucial role in unveiling the rot in society including where child rights are violated. She says HSC will continue to engage the media on best to continue highlighting issues that affect children and in a professional manner.

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