Uganda: accuses US couple of “child trafficking”


UgandaAccuses US couple over “child trafficking”

The first charge was made a week ago for “bad torture.” The ten -year -old son is said to have been forced to squeeze in the “uncomfortable” way.

The couple came to Uganda in 2017 to volunteer.


An American couple has been charged with “aggravated child abduction” in Uganda, a week after a Ugandan court ruled that they were charged with “aggravated torture” of their 10-year-old stepson. The 32 -year -old man and a woman were charged on December 9 for “bad torture” and taken to the High Security Prison in the suburbs of the capital, Kampala. According to the decision of the prosecutor John Cake, the couple were accused of “poor child trafficking” on Tuesday. The Uganda judge has rejected the bail request twice.

“They are not guilty”, the couple’s lawyer Leila Ghalibou told AFP, confirming that the authorities had “no evidence”. The next hearing is scheduled for January 18, 2023.

According to the indictment, between 2020 and 2022, the couple “continued torture” a child at a disabled company. Officers were alerted by neighbors. During a search of the couple’s home, police found videos showing the child being forced to squat in ‘uncomfortable positions’, given only cold food and made to sleep “on a wooden platform, without a mattress or bed”.

Illegal adoptions

The boy is one of the couple’s three adopted children. In 2017, they came to Uganda and volunteered to volunteer at an US non-profit company, and they went to Nakuru, the suburb of Kampala to work in a start-up, and then work in a start-up.

The US government imposed sanctions in 2020 against a ring that adopted Ugandan children who were not orphans with families in the US.


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