KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Lawyers from the Eastern African region have warned of
an increase in human trafficking, noting that the vice
could grow bigger than arms smuggling if not checked.
from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and
Ethiopia were meeting here on Thursday under the theme
“strengthening regional responses towards child
trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.”
countries need a multi-national approach to fight the
crime since it is cross border.
wanted to reemphasize how rampant child trafficking and
commercial sexual exploitation are in the region and the
need to deliberately report on them,” said Mercy Grace
Munduru, an official from the Uganda Association of
noted that human trafficking was sometimes being carried
out by high ranking public officials, which makes it
complicated to fight.
since human trafficking was run by large organized crime
networks, it was most likely to perpetuate other
security threats like arms proliferation and smuggling.
recommended that member countries vigorously investigate
and prosecute trafficking offences and convict and
punish traffickers, including government officials
suspected of complicity.
trafficking earns profits of roughly 150 billion U.S.
dollars a year for traffickers, according to a 2014
report by the International Labor Organization. Of that
99 billion dollars is from commercial sexual
origin of most of the victims is Africa, with
destinations such as western Europe.