Top City Pastor On Police Radar Over Human Trafficking
By Alex Masereka
The Director of Interpol, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Asan Kasingye has revealed that the force is following a self proclaimed pastor over allegations that he is involved in trafficking young Ugandan children to the USA.
Kasingye revealed this on Thursday during an interactive Social Media Chat on micro-blogging site, Twitter under the hashtag #AskKasingye in which the director explained the role of Interpol.
“Yes. There is one so called pastor we are following. He is trafficking children to US. The public will soon know,” Kasingye said on Thursday in response to a one Lucky Alex who had asked, “Who is responsible 4 the huge inflow into Uganda of Rwandese girls? Cld there be elements of human trafficking?”
However, Kasingye fell short of mentioning the pastor’s name despite a query by this reported to have the suspected culprit named.
Data from the U.S. State Department shows that the number of Ugandan children adopted by Americans more than tripled between 2010 and 2013, with 201 adopted in 2014.
Also, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation in May 2015 revealed widespread corruption in Uganda’s inter-country adoption process with Ugandan parents bribed, tricked or coerced into giving up their children to U.S. citizens and other foreigners.
Demand for children had fueled trafficking rackets and a mushrooming network of unregistered childcare institutions through which children were primed for adoption.
Officially, Uganda’s 1997 adoption law requires prospective adoptive parents to spend three years in Uganda fostering a child before filing a case, but it has not been enforced.
However, in 2015, Lawmakers passed a bill that requires foreigners seeking to adopt children to live in the east African country continuously for at least one year before applying and bars them from the quicker route of claiming legal guardianship.
Hundreds of Ugandan children have been adopted in recent years by foreigners, mainly Americans, some of whom have sidestepped restrictions by winning guardianship within days and then completing the adoption process back home.