Police rescue 10 trafficked children in Masaka operation

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Police rescue 10 trafficked children in Masaka operation
Some of the children rescued from child traffickers | Ezra Sebuliba

By Ezra Sebuliba

Police in Masaka have rescued 10 children who were being trafficked.

According to the police, they received information about children being packed into a small vehicle under the false pretence of being taken to Tanzania for jobs.

The salon car registration number UAW 150W was intercepted in the Kimanya-Kabonera area, and 10 children were found inside.

The rescued children, all under 15 years old, include two girls.

Some of these children were still in school uniforms. However, the driver of the car ran off upon interception.

This operation was conducted by the police in collaboration with Project Rescue Children and their partners in Uganda, Cherished Children’s Foundation.

The children have been taken to Kimanya Police Station, where they will be repatriated to their homes as the police continue to hunt for the trafficker, who remains at large.

The Officer in Charge of Kabonera Police Station, ASP John Kamulari, says the children will remain at the police station until their families are traced.

"We are going to look for their parents while continuing to hunt for the trafficker," he stated.

This rescue comes just three weeks after police and Project Rescue Children had already rescued seven kids who were being kept in a house, waiting to be trafficked to Kenya.

Child trafficking is a common issue in Uganda, with trafficked children often losing their body parts.

Project Rescue Children, through their partner Cherished Children’s Foundation in Uganda, is determined to combat this menace.

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