The Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karoro Okurut together with FEMERITE Uganda has launched a book titled Zura maids which aimed at fighting human trafficking.
The book is written by Eunice Apio Ebil, the wife of former Kole County Member of Parliament (MP), Fred Ebil who is currently the Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) Ag. Secretary General.
Zura Maids is a novel which explores the experiences of young women and youths who are lured by traffickers and end up getting enslaved in forced labor such as prostitution, hawking, mining and begging on streets.
“I used very interesting fiction characters to portray what takes place in the world of trafficking. I have tried to use a novel as a tool to fight trafficking because of the category of persons that fall prey to traffickers most of who are young people,” said the writer.
“The novel is a great way of entertaining someone, creatively explores experiences of victims of trafficking in Uganda and at the same time gives a person information that is helpful in avoiding falling victims.
“As a human rights activist that has worked with countless youths who have been victimized, I was greatly inspired to use the pen to warn others,” Apio said.
The book is a detective work and filled with facts addressing the causes of trafficking in persons as well as offering workable solutions.
The Minister commended Apio for taking time to write a book that will help stakeholders address the challenge of trafficking in persons.
“You have picked on a topic that is not only crucial to Uganda but universal; human trafficking is a vice that should be fought by everyone,” Karoro said.