Anti-Child Trafficking Law Gathers Dust in Uganda

Posted on February 9, 2011 by The Counter Human Trafficking Blog in Tanzania

AllAfrica.com  Flavia Nalubega 20 August 2010

The government should hurry the enactment of the anti-child trafficking Bill which was passed 10 months ago into law, child activists have said.

The law is meant to protect children from kidnap, abduction and labour. Activists yesterday blamed the delay on laxity by Ministry of Internal Affairs, which took the law lightly.

“The Ministry has neither put in place an office to enforce this law nor has it sensitised the masses on how the law works,” Mr Haruna Mawa, the communications officer for the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect, said.

However, the law enforcers said they have ensured that the practice is brought to a halt.

“The minister has not yet issued a statutory instrument for the law to be implemented but we are fighting the practice,” Mr Binoga Moses, the commissioner of Police said.

According to the 2008 Child Abuse Report by ANPPCAN, 33 per cent of the people said child trafficking exists but cases are not reported to the authorities.

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