By: KELLI L. ROSS
In the midst of stay-at-home orders in Uganda due to COVID-19, the Institute’s Special Counsel Tyler Dunman continues to support of the work of police, prosecutors, and non-governmental partners in the country. Many, including the Institute team, anticipated that after weeks of lockdown, a spike in reported domestic exploitation of women and children would result. Dunman confirmed this speculation this week. Even while being confined to his home in Uganda, he is in daily communication with investigators and prosecutors, engaging with them in innovative ways ensuring justice isn’t slowed. The result has been exponential. This week, he shared about a trafficking case he’s been working on from his Kampala home.
Case: Child Sex Trafficking Interrupted
Two suspected traffickers were arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking In Persons under Uganda’s Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act and a 14-year-old girl was rescued and is now receiving trauma-informed aftercare. The victim was the child of one of the arrested suspects and was allegedly sold to the other suspect for sexual exploitation. Dunman assisted both the police and prosecution in securing necessary evidence and getting the arrested suspects charged properly. Ugandan media outlet Daily Monitor reported on this case on May 19.