Combatting Child Trafficking And Commercial Sexual Expoiltation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2459″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Uganda is a source, transit, and destination country for children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Recruiters target girls and women aged 13-24 years for domestic sex trafficking, especially near sports tournaments and road construction projects. Most internal trafficking victims are Ugandans, the majority of which are exploited in forced begging. Young boys and girls are the most vulnerable to internal trafficking, mainly for labor or begging in Kampala and other urban areas. Child trafficking in Uganda does not only happen within the borders only, but also across the borders. Ugandan children are taken to other East African countries and forced to engage in criminal activities. Children from Uganda are reportedly recruited and forcibly abducted to join rebel militias operating in the DRC. UNHCR also suspects instances of trafficking involving South Sudanese children in refugee settlements in northern Uganda

In 2014, Uganda counted 155,742 refugees  within its territory (Democratic Republic of Congo); 13,376 (Rwanda); 10,578 (Burundi) (2013); 137,844 (South Sudan); 18,534 (Somalia). Similarly, , Uganda is currently hosting an influx of more than 1.2 million refugees from South Sudan. This has increased on the vulnerability status of both the refugees and the host populations. In 2016/2017, Uganda‚Äôs economy was hit by a combination of factors contributing to a slow down (and actual contraction in some sectors). Drought that ravaged much of the agriculture-based production coupled with fluctuating commodity prices and election anxiety contributed to capital flight and low yields. Women and children are disproportionately affected by downturns in the economy as they have limited access to the tools of production and even less access to the financial rewards for labour. These together with other issues are likely to escalate the child trafficking case, if not addressed. Based on these, FIDA Uganda will continue to lobby and advocate against CT in Napak, Moroto, Kampala, Wakiso and along the transit routes in Uganda