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30 year old woman arrested for burning housemaid with flat iron, hot water

Police at Kira division have arrested a woman identified as Sheila Masiko alias Fiona, on allegations of aggravated trafficking and torturing her housemaid.

The victim identified as Agnes Nakintu, 14, has been working as a housemaid at Masiko’s home located in Buwate, Najjera, Kira municipality, Wakiso district.

It is alleged that in the month of February, Masiko (30), contacted her friend only identified as Ann who resides in Kiboga town to get her a maid.

Ann is said to have contacted the victim’s mother identified as Mary Nakanzi to allow her to send the victim to Kampala to work as a maid at her friend’s house.

Following the mother’s go-ahead, Masiko reportedly sent transport money to the victim’s phone number and the following day she came to Kampala.

After her arrival, it is said that the victim has allegedly been going through a series of torture incidents including; thorough beatings, being burnt with a flat iron, and hot water and not being paid her salary since April this year.

Upon receiving this information, police say they visited the home on Wednesday and arrested Masiko, and she is currently detained at Kira division police station.

According to police, the child has since been examined and that it has been established that she was tortured due to the wounds visible on her body.

“We are working with partners to ensure that she is well looked after and treated as investigations go on,” read the police statement in part.

“The police would like to also appeal to members of the public especially parents to desist from sending away children into hard labour,” the statement added.

Police also revealed that efforts to get in touch with the victim’s parents are underway as investigations into the matter continue.

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