Police expand hunt for human traffickers
Rwanda National Police has written to Interpol in China, requesting them to hunt down suspected human traffickers, The New Times has learnt.
The woman, names withheld, is said to have been identified by one of the suspects already in police custody.
“We are carrying out preliminary investigations with Chinese Interpol and have raised the issue of human trafficking of our girls with them,” Chief Inspector of Police, Ismael Baguma, who heads Interpol Rwanda, said.
The move follows days after Police arrested two people suspected of trafficking Rwandan girls to China for commercial sex on the promise of getting them jobs.
Baguma said the two suspects arrested earlier have been forwarded to the National Public Prosecution Authority for prosecution.
Following the human trafficking reports, the Chinese Embassy in Kigali has already announced new stringent measures Rwandans seeking visas to China will have to face.
They will now have to provide an official letter from a well recognised institution from China and will also have to go through Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry to ascertain the authenticity of visa application.
According to a 2011 police report, last year, seven cases of human trafficking were registered in the country. Human trafficking is said to be one of the crimes on the increase across the region.
About 79 percent of cases related to trafficking of persons, target girls and women for sexual exploitation, according to a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report.
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