By Spy Uganda
According to Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the territorial Police in Kiira Region, working in close coordination with Bugembe police, has in custody, a Pastor of Christ the Answer Church, called Pastor Masiga Robert, aged 40, on allegations of aggravated human trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls.
Enanga says police in Buwenge, became aware of the suspect, when a 17-year-old, female juvenile disclosed how he persuaded, induced and enticed her into having sex with him, which led to her pregnancy which prompted a raid on his churches at Buwenge and Tororo.
According to Police, in Buwenge, a total of 33 victims were recovered from his home at Kyerinda village, Buwenge Town Council, in Jinja City, while an additional 20, were recovered from Tororo. Three (3) adults were also reunited with their families, bringing the total number of victims to 54; all aged between 4 and 25.
Police records reveal that they comprised of 27 female juveniles, 04 female adults, 22 male juveniles and 01 male adults, who in close coordination with the Human Trafficking Institute have been handed over to respective shelter homes for better protection and counselling.
On further examination of the female victims, Enanga says an additional 3 girl victims were found to be pregnant, bringing the total number to 4. They indicate that because the pastor was older and described himself as a pastor, a good samaritan, guardian and father figure they found it difficult and fearful to resist him and he sexually abused them countless times.
According to Enanga, the arrest of the suspect reflects the seriousness of these crimes and the trauma it causes to the innocent girls and other victims.
”We urge all members of the public to take a keen interest in their neighbourhood, especially where children and other vulnerable persons are gathered for further care and support. We also call upon parents and guardians who hand over these vulnerable children to such self-styled orphanages and church ministry, to always make follow-ups,” Police cautions.