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Woman Arrested Over Alleged Trafficking OF Children To Uganda

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Woman Arrested Over Alleged Trafficking OF Children To Uganda

Police in Nyagatare District is holding a woman suspected of trafficking children abroad.

Odilla Manishimwe is alleged to have trafficked three children to Uganda.

She was arrested on Saturday after authorities suspected she had trafficked the children aged between 14 and 18 years of Mimuli Sector, Mimuli Cell in Byimana Village.

The went missing on Wednesday last week.

“Parents reported the case of their missing children and gave leads pointing at the suspect. We later received information from other eyewitnesses that Manishimwe had taken them to Uganda where they are believed to be involved in child labour activities,” Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Eastern region Police spokesperson, said.

He added: “It is said that Manishimwe reached out to many children seducing them with job offers in Uganda. Some of them refused but the three who are missing fell prey.”

The suspect has been handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau, CIP Kanamugire said.

Child trafficking means the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring and kidnapping of children for personal interests even if the means.

The law

Any person convicted of trafficking in persons is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than ten years but not more than fifteen years and a fine of between Rwf10 million and Rwf15 million.

If the offence is transnational in nature, the penalty is imprisonment for a term of not less than 20 years but not more than 25 years and a fine of Rwf20 million to Rwf25 million.

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