Earlier this month, a white American couple was charged in Uganda with the “aggravated torture” of a 10-year-old boy who is one of the couple’s three Ugandan foster children. According to prosecutors, as of Tuesday, the couple is facing an additional charge of aggravated child trafficking which carries the death penalty.
According to Reuters, Nicholas Spencer and his wife, Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer, have been in custody in Uganda since December 9 and have pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated torture regarding the Ugandan child who was living in their home in the capital Kampala.
The new charge sheet seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed the couple have additionally been charged with “aggravated trafficking in children”. They have yet to enter a plea on that.
A lawyer for the couple, who was not identified, was quoted by Ugandan newspaper the Monitor as dismissing the case as a “fishing expedition” by authorities, saying they had no evidence. She was quoted as saying the new charge “doesn’t make sense”.
Prosecutors accuse the couple of having recruited, transported and kept the child through “abuse of position of vulnerability for purposes of exploitation”, according to the charge sheet.
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