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Ugandan Kids Trafficked To S. Sudan Return Home

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Chimpreports on March 2 broke the news that the juveniles had been trafficked from several districts in Uganda, including Masaka, to work as hawkers and domestic labourers in South Sudan.


Moses Binoga, the Coordinator for Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce at the Ministry of Internal Affairs exclusively told this website he individually travelled to Juba to receive the victims.


In interviews with IOM staff, the children described having to work on the streets from early in the morning until evening, then packing goods for the next day until late at night.


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The children were flown back to Uganda last week.


Some of the children are being reunited with their families, while the others were provided with shelter through a local NGO.


The older children will be offered vocational training opportunities based on their interests, so that they will be able to support themselves in Uganda.


Anecdotal evidence indicates that human trafficking is on the rise in South Sudan’s urban centres. In August 2012, IOM assisted two teenage victims of trafficking from Kenya who had been forced into domestic servitude in Juba.


South Sudan is classified as a “Tier 2 Watch List” country in the latest US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, which indicates that the country does not comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but is making efforts to do so.


The report cites South Sudan’s lack of adequate mechanisms to prosecute those involved in trafficking and protect victims.


IOM says it is working with the government to address the country’s lack of legal, medical, psychosocial and referral services for victims of trafficking.


It has also appealed for funding to conduct a baseline assessment to determine the current extent of cross-border and internal trafficking in South Sudan.


An investigation by the Parliamentary Committee on Equal Opportunities last year discovered appalling conditions in which Uganda sex slaves live in Malaysia.


Pictures of dismembered bodies of Ugandan women were splashed on tabloid covers as the enraged nation blasted government for not taking adequate steps to stop the vice.


The legislators discovered the trafficked girls lived in brothels which acted as detention camps.

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