Police in Amuru district are holding a 44-year-old Yunusu Bakaki a suspect who has been on a wanted list of serial child abductors and traffickers in the country.
Bakaki, alias Kabbu was arrested early on Saturday morning from his hideout home at Lorikwo West cell, Elegu town council at the Uganda-South Sudan border during a joint intelligence-led operation by security personnel.
His arrest follows a video clip that has gone viral on social medial in which Yunus openly admitted to a BBC reporter that he has been illegally trafficking children from Uganda to overseas for over 20 years at a cost of 10,000 Pounds, an equivalent of 49 million Shillings.
Intelligence later established that the suspect was a resident of Elegu, prompting the security to pick interest and mount a search for him.
Amuru Resident District Commissioner, Geoffrey Oceng Osborn has told reports that upon interrogation, it was established that Kabbu was born in Kibibi village, Buyala parish, Budondo division, Jinja city.
Police preliminary reports indicates that Kabbu is a driver and runs a restaurant in the areas of Elegu a position he allegedly use to engage in multiple criminal activities at the border including possible links to the sudden disappearance of persons and children in Elegu.
Oceng said the suspect who is facing criminal charges vide GEF 05/2021 will be referred to the Anti-Trafficking in Person’s Desk in Kampala for further investigations.
In Uganda, human trafficking cases are on rise and a number of people especially young women and children are the victims of sex and labour trafficking.
According to the 2020 police Annual Crime Report, a total of 666 persons were victims of Trafficking in Persons compared to 455 victims in 2019.
Of the 666 victims in 2020, 497 were victims of transnational trafficking, 166 internal trafficking while the status of 03 victims were unclear.
The 2009 anti-trafficking act criminalized sex trafficking and labor trafficking and prescribed punishments of up to 15 years’ imprisonment for offenses involving adult victims and up to life imprisonment for those involving child victims.