Uganda People News: Activists Urge Government To Implement Human Trafficking Laws

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

First published: 20091112 12:39:20 PM EST

The government of Uganda has been urged to implement Trafficking in Persons Act to curb child trafficking in the country.

Parliament passed the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2008 in April 2009.

According to the Act, a person (or persons) found guilty of committing the offence is imprisoned for 15 years. President Museveni assented on the Act in October 2009.

The Programme Officer at the African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect, Anselm Wamboga complains that Uganda has many laws passed but are never implemented.

Wamboga says that the government needs to ensure that functional structures are established to implement the Persons Act.

The latest research by ANPPCAN on abuse of children’s rights in Uganda indicates that over 99 cases of trafficking have been reported at police.

More on women’s rights in Uganda here

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