What is it?
Child trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of children for the purpose of exploitation. It is a violation of their rights, their well-being and denies them the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Child trafficking in Uganda
Child trafficking is deep seeded problem within many developing countries and Uganda is no different. In 2013, the Coordination Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons stated there were 399 reported cases of children trafficked within Uganda. The actual number is believed to be a lot higher. In 2012, a unit from the Ministry for Gender, Labour and Social Development worked with civil society organisations and identified more than 8,500 children engaged in illegal child labour.
The Government of Uganda continues to increase its overall anti-trafficking lawenforcement efforts. Starting with four prosecutions in 2011 and moving to 28 prosecutions by the end of2012. Unfortunately though, Ugandan courts have failed to push waiting cases through the system. There were no reported conviction’s of a forced labour or sex trafficking offender in 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013.(United States Department of State, 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report Uganda,)
For several months we at Kyampisi Childcare ministries have been in negotiation with the Ugandan Ministry of Internal affairs regarding the issue of child trafficking. The ministry, specifically The Coordination Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, has requested that KCM include child trafficking into our charter.
After careful consideration KCM has accepted the request and is in the process of creating a memorandum of understanding, planning and preparation.
As this will greatly increase our workload we ask for your prayer during this period.
Why KCM’s Involvement:
As written in KCM’s mission statement, we aim, “To provide vulnerable children with physical, emotional and spiritual springboards which will enable them to live lives that are full, productive and positive.”
In 2013, a total of 399 children were registered victims of trafficking in Uganda. The actual number is significantly higher. Victims of human trafficking are vulnerable due to their circumstances. As stated in the definition of Human Trafficking, the central purpose is to exploit the child.
Child Sacrifice and Child Trafficking are closely related in law and action. One of the most common charges for committing child sacrifice is found in Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act (2009). As such, the majority of child sacrifice cases are defined by the Ugandan legal system as ‘Aggravated Trafficking of a Child.’
The Ministry of Internal Affairs specifically ‘The Coordination Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons’ has requested our help as they have seen our effort and results in regards to child sacrifice. As stated in the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act (2009), the Coordination Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons is to create partnerships and cooperate with NGOs in order to complete it’s mission.
Our Future Plan
Over the coming months KCM intends to develop partnerships with government authorities, other NGO’s in order to develop strategies. We will keep you posted.