Government Investigating Girl Child Trade in Arapai Market

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The government is investigating reports of trafficking of girls for labour and sex, allegedly taking place in Arapai Market in Soroti District.

State Minister for Gender and Cultural Affairs, Peace Mutuuzo says that the Gender Ministry is bothered about reports that parents are selling their children to strangers for as little as 20,000 Shillings.

The strangers allegedly pick the girls from Arapai market and transport them to Kampala and other towns where they are deployed as beggars on the streets.

The matter first came to the limelight through a presentation on ending child trafficking and unsafe migration along the Kampala-Moroto Pathwayb, made by Dwelling Places, one of the Non-Government Organization (NGO) working with street children.

According to the presentation, most of the girls sold in Arapai market are from parts of Karamoja, which are distressed by poverty, ignorance and disease, driving parents into desperation.

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