Ugandan police have rescued 29 Burundian girls and arrested five suspects involved in a human-trafficking racket in the East African country.

A police spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Charles Twiine, police spokesperson for criminal investigations directorate, told Xinhua on telephone that the Burundian girls were rescued while in transit to other countries for the sex trade.

“We have rescued them (girls) and we have them here. I don’t know whether they came from Bujumbura, Ruhengeri, or whatever part of Burundi,’’ said Twiine.

“Uganda is a transit route. We are trying to see how we can work on mechanisms of taking them back,’’ he said.

The police spokesperson said the suspects will be arraigned in court to answer charges of human trafficking.

“Trafficking of girls is one of the dehumanising crimes that is associated with sexual and labor exploitation,’’ said Twiine.

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