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Owner of Buikwe massage parlor charged with homosexuality, trafficking persons

Nantume Patricia, (R), the owner of a Buikwe massage parlor in the homosexuality saga appears in court in Buikwe District on August 23, 2023. PHOTO/TAUSI NAKATO

Buikwe, (UG): Patricia Nantume alias Malaika, the owner of a massage parlour in Buikwe engulfed in promoting gayism has been charged with three counts of homosexuality and one count of trafficking in persons.

Nantume, 26, who runs Cloud 9 Massage and Chill Outs in Bukaya West, Njeru Municipality, Buikwe District on Thursday appeared before Njeru Grade One Magistrate Egessa Masaaka who read her charges and referred her to the High Court for trial.

The charges are contrary to Section 2(1) (2) of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (2023).

According to State Prosecution led by Senior State Prosecutor Amos Mpaka, it is alleged that Ms Nantume and another, still at large, between April and August 2023, performed a sexual act with a person of the same sex at the aforementioned premises.

Documents tendered before court further allege that Nantume, during the same period, allowed her rented house at Cloud-9 Massage and Chill Outs to be used for the purposes of homosexuality.

It is further alleged, through court documents that Nantume, also between the same period, transported and maintained a person identified as Nahabwe- for purposes of sexual exploitation.

Subsequently, charges of promotion of homosexuality, contrary to section 11(1) (2) (a) of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (2023), and trafficking in persons, contrary to Section 3(1) (a) of the Trafficking in Persons Act (2009), were slapped against her on Wednesday.

Mpaka, however, asked court to give the prosecution more time before the defendant is committed to the High Court, saying investigations are incomplete.

The defence, led by Alice Nambalilwa from the Legal Aid Clinic of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, asked the prosecution to expedite investigations.

The Magistrate subsequently remanded Nantume to Bugungu Prisons until September 6 when she will reappear for court mention.

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