Two Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Uganda

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.

About the author

Kelli serves as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Kelli Ross

Kelli Ross

Kelli serves as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.