Nicholas and Mackenzie Spencer are accused of torturing and trafficking an adopted child to live with them in the East African country
A Ugandan court on Wednesday charged an American couple with felony child trafficking, a crime that could lead to the death penalty, Reuters reported. The two were detained earlier this month and charged with torturing the child they had raised at their home in Kampala.
According to court documents viewed by Press AgencyNicholas Spencer and Mackenzie Leigh Mathias Spencer recruited, transported, and kept the child through “abuse of a vulnerable position for the purpose of exploitation.” Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango told the Associated Press that the couple used the boy to solicit money from donors.
The Spencers were not allowed to make a plea, as the case must now be heard in the Supreme Court. They have been detained and no trial date has been set.
The couple were arrested earlier this month and charged “aggravated torture” of a 10-year-old boy in their care. After moving to Uganda in 2017, they raised three children and allegedly kept the boy naked and barefoot during the day, forcing him to sleep on a bare wooden platform in a room monitored by cameras. security, local media report.
An employee at the couple’s home called the police and all three children were taken care of.
A lawyer for the couple called the case a “fishing expedition” by the authorities, and said there was no evidence of their guilt, according to Reuters. new fee “meaningless,” she added.
The US Embassy in Cambodia has not commented on the case but said it is monitoring the situation.
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