Police in Entebbe have arrested two people with a three-month old baby girl who was being taken out of the country without proper documents. The two, who were arrested on Tuesday, have been identified as Martin Benna, a Czech national and Charity Amusiimire, a Ugandan aged 26.
Police in Entebbe have arrested two people with a three-month old baby girl who was being taken out of the country without proper documents.
The two, who were arrested on Tuesday, have been identified as Martin Benna, a Czech national and Charity Amusiimire, a Ugandan aged 26.
According to Moses Binoga, the head of anti-human trafficking desk at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Benna had emergency travel documents allegedly given to him by the Czech Republic embassy in Uganda, allowing him to travel with the baby out of the country. The central European nation, however, does not have an embassy in Uganda. The only diplomatic mission serving the entire Eastern African region is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, having closed the one in Nairobi in 2011.
Police suspect Benna and Amusiimire to have connived to traffic the baby for yet to be established reasons. Binoga, who declined to reveal where the suspects were being held, says Amusiimire had escorted Benna to the airport to ensure safe exit.
Binoga, who is a senior police officer, says Amusiimire claimed that the mother of the baby died and that she was the caretaker. When the police searched her home, they found another child, a boy aged three years. Amusiimire told police that the two children share a mother and that they were both left under her care.
Binoga says there is no evidence of the mother’s death and no document to prove that Amusiimire was legally taking care of the children.
Uganda Radio Network sent tried unsuccessfully to contact the Czech embassy in Ethiopia on phone. An enquiry was sent via email, but at the time of filing this report no response had been received.
The US State department, in its 2011 report, ranks Uganda among countries with higher cases of human trafficking in the world.
In February last year, a report by Uganda's honorary consul in Kuala Lumpur said more than 600 Ugandan women were trapped in Malaysia’s sex trade, having been trafficked out of the country.