Police raises concerns over human trafficking
As many Rwandans continue to enjoy the benefits of joining the East African community and traveling across the region, human trafficking has become a major concern to the security organs, especially the police.
The Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, says that the issue is an awakening call for the security organs and it should not be taken lightly by Rwandans
“Human trafficking is a new phenomenon in Rwanda, but we don’t take it lightly. We urge all those people who lost their contact with their family members living abroad to also report so that we find out if nothing unusual happened to them,” he added.
At least two people were this August 2013 arrested two people in a suspected human trafficking racket. The duo identified as Oliver Nshizirungu, a Rwandan and David Behakanira, a Ugandan national are suspected to have been trafficking Rwandan girls to Uganda, under the pretext of getting them jobs and later sexual harassed and forced to prostitution in hotels located in the Western district of Bushenyi, in Uganda.
Victims of human trafficking have given testimonies of the accomplices luring them into the trade by force and promising a good life. However the victims also say that there is a lot of sexual harassment done in the process and some are raped.
Apparently, last month the Rwanda National Police managed to rescue some six girls from Bushenyi in Uganda and Asia in the past years and in 2010 Police intercepted 54 Bangladeshi nationals in Rwanda who were being trafficked to Mozambique.
Another Rwandan national, who had been trafficked, was deported back from Malaysia recently. China is the other destination country for victims of human trafficking, according to Police reports.
Unconfirmed reports have indicated that most Rwandan girls especially students of high institutions have been flocking to Uganda for weekends and having fun at night clubs and in most cases parents are not aware of the moves made by their children.
Theos Badege says that the issue of human trafficking was not common in the country but it could escalate if not prevented by parents monitoring movements of their children, and collaboration of residents and security organs to crack down such human trafficking cartels.
Badege observed that the human trafficking phenomenon has now taken a new twist where people are killed to remove some body organs for sale.