The general population in Kasese district has been called upon to jointly work together and put in place measures that are geared towards ending cases of trafficking in persons from their communities.
The call was sounded on Friday by the National Coordinator of the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, Commissioner of Police Julius Twinomujuni while addressing a stakeholders’ evaluation meeting of the activities aimed at the prevention of trafficking in persons in Kasese district.
The meeting was held at Sandton Hotel in the Central Division of Kasese Municipality.
Twinomujuni noted that currently, Uganda grapples with 90% cases of the people being trafficked internally and 10% of those being trafficked externally. He explained that the traffickers take advantage of the people’s vulnerability and either promise jobs to the victims or scholarships.
He appealed to the people especially the youth to be vigilant and conscious of their colleagues who come to them in disguise of giving them jobs or scholarships.
In his remarks, the Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander, SSP Johnson Tibs Kiconco said there was need for the residents to embrace information sharing about the suspicious incidents that might disrupt the security of the population.
Rev. Ezra Mukonzo Yongeza, the Coordinator for the Inter-religious Council in the Rwenzori sub region appealed to government to organize special trainings on ending the vice from the communities.
He pledged on behalf of the religious leaders to integrate the messages against the vice in their daily sermons to various congregations.