The Uganda Police Directorate of Criminal Investigations (CID) in close coordination with the Anti Human Trafficking Unit conducted an operation in which 91 Ugandan girls were rescued from neighbouring Kenya.
According CID spokesperson ASP Charles Twine, the operation was also conducted in collaboration with their counterparts from Kenya Police Service and Interpol on 12th January in the capital Nairobi.
Twine told ChimpReports that the rescued girls were trafficked from Karamoja region and other parts along the Uganda – Kenya boarder in districts like Busia, Malaba and Tororo.
“We have been following intelligence reports from 2017 to 2019 that some individuals in the eastern region have been trafficking girls into Kenya for sexual exploitation and other unlawful activities,” he said.
Known traffickers according to Mwine, who are currently still at large have been taking the innocent girls through the porous borders along Busia district and selling them to sex predators and terrorist agents in Kenya.
The victims who reached Busia boarder point under tight security on Wednesday shall later be transferred to CID headquarters in Kibuli for interview.
After the interviews, some victims shall be given medical treatment because they have been exposed to harsh environment while in Kenya.
“Some of these girls have been sleeping outside and also subjected to poor feeding, therefore we shall rehabilitate them and also give them treatment when they reach Kampala,” he added
During the operation, it was revealed that at least one suspect identified as Esther Akol was arrested and upon interrogation, she confessed to belong to a big trafficking racket in the East African region.
“She has been charged and will be prosecuted in Kenya,” he said
Police further revealed that they have also learnt that some girls have been exported to Somalia and recruited into the Alshabab a deadly terrorist outfit in Africa.
Meanwhile, some civil society organisations have come up to render assistance in rehabilitation of the victims.
The assistance according to police will include psychosocial support while others will be taken for vocational training.
“We also appeal to people who are anti-crime to come up and offer post recovery emergency assistance to these girls,” Twine said