The Independent (Kampala)

29 June 2012

Uganda: Children's NGOs in Joint Fight Against Child Trafficking

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has partnered with the National Council for Children to intensify the fight against child trafficking.

During the workshop at Imperial Royale Kampala on June 28, Dorah Mafabi the Program Manager for ABA ROLI says the partnership was necessary because the Council brings together many organizations that tackle and deal with the issues of children.

The partnership aims to provide NGO partners with a broader perspective on how to come up with realistic measures that automatically provide for the protection of children against the exploitation of the perpetuators of human trafficking.

Mafabi says though a wide spread vice, many people are ignorant about child trafficking, what it comprises of, causes, the impact it has on children and how it can be prevented. She says the law against human trafficking which was passed in 2009 still has glaring gaps and Mafabi hopes that partnership will help restructure the law to combat the vice.

Martin Kiiza the secretary General for the National Council of children says the national statistics indicate that 2.75 million children aged between 5-17 years are engaged in economic activities and 51 percent of the children are engaged in hazardous work and he hopes that with the resolutions adopted from the workshop, the trend will have to change.

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