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Uganda: Churches, bars cited in human trafficking

UgandaCHURCHES, agencies, brothels and bar owners have been implicated in human trafficking in Uganda. Rogers Kasirye, the executive director of the Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL),yesterday told MPs that most girls from the age of 14 and above ended up in brothels, bars, hotels or as housemaids.

He was testifying before the parliamentary committee on defense and internal affairs, which is scrutinising the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Bill 2007.

He accused Church owners of having several branches in rural areas from where they convince unsuspecting parents to surrender their children at a mere sh10,000. He said poverty in rural areas had left many children helpless.

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