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Kampala, Uganda

Ugandan student forced into porn now under threat

Published on : 24 July 2014 - 10:40am | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: Joseph Elunya)
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A Ugandan university student who was trafficked and forced to act in porn films vows to continue with the campaign against human trafficking in spite of threats.

By Joseph Elunya, Kampala

As RNW reported on 8 July, Sunday Bekunda was lured from Uganda, along with eight other students, by a human trafficker last year and taken to Kenya with the promise of getting a good job.

The promise turned into a nightmare of enforced prostitution and porn acting for Bekunda (25).

“I decided to share my story as part of my campaign to sensitize young university students into being careful with people who promise them jobs abroad,” says Bekunda, who was a second-year student at Makerere University Kampala at the time of his abduction.

Read Sunday Bekunda’s story here.

Living under threat
Bekunda says he has received threats after speaking about his ordeal to the media.

“I recently went on Kingdom FM [a local radio station in Uganda] to share my story and after the show I received a call from someone who warned me that they will hunt me down for ‘killing’ their business,” says Bekunda, who recently changed his residence out of fear of harm.

“Even the police want me to keep quiet simply because they feel I’m exposing them for having failed to arrest Charles, the man who made me go through this ordeal,” says Bekunda. “Even when I first reported the case they dismissed me as a liar until I undressed to show them the blood that was running uncontrollably from my private parts [as a result of forced sexual intercourse]. That’s when they believed my story.”

Also read -> Inside Nigeria's ruthless human trafficking industry 

Police accused of failing to act
Bekunda claims his repeated pleas to the police that they travel to Kenya so he could show them where the gang was holding two dozen students fell on deaf ears. “They kept telling me that they lacked money to travel there.”

Bekunda now believes that the police turned him down, because human trafficking involves influential people. He also believes failure by the police to act promptly enabled his tormentor Charles to disappear from Kampala and go into hiding elsewhere.

More victims coming out
According to Bekunda, more victims have since gained courage following his disclosure to speak out.

“The other day another girl appeared on Sanyu FM [a local radio station in Kampala] to share the experience of being lured to Malaysia with the promise of a good job. But she also ended up in forced prostitution and lost her uterus in the process.” 

Bekunda says he is planning, together with other victims, to storm Parliament to draw the attention of MPs so that they can act to stop human trafficking.

“We believe when we [do that] the MPs will act and maybe they will come to our rescue, since the people who are involved are powerful people,” explains Bekunda.

Also read -> Prostitution and trafficking: wasting away African lives in Europe

True or false
“I don’t blame those who doubt my story, because the ordeal I went through is hard to believe. For those who doubt let them cross check the records from both the police and Butabika Mental Hospital where I was admitted and offered psycho-social support,” says Bekunda.

“My life has never been the same again. I now live in constant fear and I find it hard even to trust close friends and relatives. But I have not lost hope. I believe one day a Good Samaritan will help me with tuition and I will go back and complete my course from Makerere University.”

Discussion

Osia 13 August 2014 - 12:37pm / Tanzania

I'm shocked, last 3 weeks was reading about Tanzania girls doing the same in china. Africa we have so much to do with our our people I don't believe for sake of money we can be engaged in this kind of business and leave our people with no hope! My salute to you, Bekunda. check me in my email, will be waiting.

hannah k 12 August 2014 - 7:28pm / uganda

Hello Sunday, I thank you.so much for.having the bravery to share your story with us, and one thing I
will.encourage you to keep telling.yourself.is that strength can only be built by pain, and you're a very strong
man,Sunday; your story screams that fact out loud. I hope you will be okay, and that you will be able to rise
above this.and become the great.man you were always meant to be.Thank you again, for blessing us with
your testimony......Praying for you!!!!!!

Pius 25 July 2014 - 9:45pm / uganda

i salute you bekunda for such astrong heart and courage to tell your story.may the almighty lord help you go through this and by His grace help you get asponsor for your education.

Ukeni Nachikambi 25 July 2014 - 4:15pm / Nigeria

Its a sad thing to hear that human trafficking and sexual slavery is still very much rampant in this 21st century and a government is doing nothing about it. i encourage your bravery, don't give up the fight...in due time success will be yours and help will come even if its not from government.

prince 25 July 2014 - 4:05pm / uganda

we have lousy m.ps who just debate about banning miniskirts and homos instead of focusing on more serious issues and its not the first time coz there is a man who was sodomized by a male pastor known as kiwewesi but nothing was done to him.

Temitope Olokuntoye 25 July 2014 - 3:30pm / Osogbo, Nigeria

I salute your courage coming public Bekunda. Let whoever doubt your story go give prostitution a try and come tell us a more verile story than yours.
I want to ask those doubting your story 'when is the most socially acceptable time to come public with that situation killing one silently or how much would one needs to allow that silent killer mar ones life before you cry out? Dont STOP crying out, they cant take your voice. Someday, you will be heard world over.

Temitope Olokuntoye 25 July 2014 - 3:29pm / Osogbo, Nigeria

I salute your courage coming public Bekunda. Let whoever doubt your story go give prostitution a try and come tell us a more verile story than yours.
I want to ask those doubting your story 'when is the most socially acceptable time to come public with that situation killing one silently or how much would one needs to allow that silent killer mar ones life before you cry out? Dont STOP crying out, they cant take your voice. Someday, you will be heard world over.

Immanuel Afolabi 24 July 2014 - 11:18am / Nigeria

My salute to you, Bekunda, a strong soldier. "To fold our hands and do nothing is to be crippled fast!" (Ola Rotimi, "Hope of The Living Dead")

Immanuel Afolabi 24 July 2014 - 11:17am / Nigeria

My salute to you, Bekunda, a strong soldier. "To fold our hands and do nothing is to be crippled fast!" (Ola Rotimi, "Hope of The Living Dead")

Immanuel Afolabi 24 July 2014 - 11:16am / Nigeria

"To fold our hands and do nothing is to be crippled fast!" (Ola Rotimi, "Hope of The Living Dead")

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