Australian Man Charged with Rape and Trafficking in Uganda

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, addresses journalists in Kampala. PHOTO/ COURTESY

An Australian has been formally charged in the Jinja Chief Magistrates Court on allegations of rape and human trafficking.

During a weekly press briefing in Kampala, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga shared, “Our Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Department at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters, in collaboration with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has presented a foreign national before the Chief Magistrates Court in Jinja. The charges brought against him encompass rape and human trafficking.”

The police disclosed that incidents of human trafficking and sexual exploitation have been on the rise within the country, although specific statistics were not provided. Mr. Enanga expressed concern, stating, “We are witnessing a troubling increase in both human trafficking and sexual exploitation cases. These are reprehensible and unacceptable crimes in our society.”

According to the police, the accused exploited his female employees by coercing them into engaging in sexual activities under the threat of termination. “Additionally, he engaged in multiple and group sexual encounters with the female victims and directed them to perform sexual acts using various tools, all while recording these activities on video,” added Mr. Enanga. “We have recovered several videos that clearly indicate the production of pornographic content for commercial purposes.”

Law enforcement authorities have called for a collective effort to combat human trafficking, urging anyone with information about potential offenses in their locality to come forward, enabling further investigations to be conducted.

In a related development, last month, the Sezibwa regional police apprehended the proprietors of a massage parlor in Njeru Town on suspicion of trafficking individuals for sexual exploitation.

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