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Jinja court charges Australian man over rape, trafficking in persons

Police Spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga, addressing journalists in Kampala on Monday, September 04, 2023. PHOTO/ COURTESY

Kampala, (UG): The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has charged to court a foreign national of Australian origin with charges of rape and trafficking in persons.

Police spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga Enanga identified the suspect as Jones Robert Williams, the managing director of Jinja Marine Supplies Co. Ltd in Jinja City, eastern Uganda.

“The Sexual and Gender-Based Violent Department of CID Headquarters, in coordination with the office of the DPP, have charged to court a foreign national with Rape and Trafficking in persons. The suspect, identified as Jones Robert Williams, is an Australian, and Managing Director of Jinja Marine Supplies Co. Ltd,” Mr Enanga said in a police statement on Tuesday afternoon.

Williams was yesterday (Monday) arraigned in Jinja Chief Magistrates Court and read for the charges of Rape and Trafficking in Persons.

According to Enanga, the suspect allegedly took advantage of his female workers and forced them into having sex with him, failure of which he would threaten to sack them.

“He in addition participated in multiple and group sex with the female victims and also instructed them to perform sexual acts using sex toys as he recorded them on videos,” Mr Enanga said.

“We recovered several videos that were exhibited. We established that the pornographic content in the videos was being generated for commercial purposes,” he added.

Enanga further noted that cases of human trafficking and sexual exploitation were on the rise in the country and therefore urged anyone with information about a potential human trafficking offence in their area to contact them so that further inquiries can be carried out.

“We urge anyone with information about potential Human Trafficking offences in their area to contact the police so that further enquiries can be carried out. We need the public to work with us, if we are to identify and help vulnerable individuals from being exploited.”

He added; “As the police and ODPP, we will continue to investigate and vigorously prosecute human traffickers and sexual predators, in order to bring justice to victims. We will continue to pursue those who abuse, manipulate and exploit vulnerable persons for personal gain.”

“This case is a testament of our Joint dedicated efforts and commitment to working together, to eradicate these deplorable crimes from our community.”

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