Ugandans have been put on the spotlight by the Criminal Investigations Directorate for using transnational trafficked persons as labour.
According to Charles Twine the CID’s spokesperson, Investigations are to be launched into this vice and whoever shall be found guilty of in deed hiring trafficked persons shall be subjected to the law.
Additionally, he said that there are cases of Burundians being trafficked into Uganda and also, some Ugandans being trafficked into neighboring Kenya he said while speaking as a briefing.
Speaking alongside the Deputy Coordinator of the Anti-Human Trafficking Department, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Agnes Igoye, the duo confirmed that from their separate Investigations they in deed confirmed that Uganda was a transit route for most girls being trafficked from Burundi.
“The key trends have been the issue of citizens of Burundi especially women trafficked in the pretext of getting them jobs in Saudi Arabia. The recruitment is usually done on a promise to take them to Saudi Arabia for work. They end up taking them to Kenya. We shall arrest whoever transports them, keeps them or hires these victims of transnational trafficking as domestic workers,” Igoye said while speaking of the vice.
Furthermore, they informed that most of the Burundian women are trafficked from their country with promises of being flown to the Arab world but instead they end up in most of the city suburbs.
Resulting from the investigation, so far one Charles Kamuli and Ramsey have been arrested while others have been arrested in other countries, charged and convicted for the crimes they have committed.
Among some of the victims that have been incarcerated in neighboring Kenya are Rashida Kabubi, Kamada Ssengendo, Sadat Lukyamuzi, Josephine Nadyofe, Florence Nanyonga, Zaina Namilimu, Susan Birungi and Lydia Semyalo.
“We need to work together to end human trafficking. People were arrested, charged and jailed for forging documents and stamps in Kenya yet they were also victims of trafficking. The good news is that we have arrested Charles Kamuli one of the traffickers,” Twine emphasized.
Police reports also indicate that usually the people that traffick these young girls and women use forged documents that match those of recognized and licensed Uganda labour export companies.
While speaking to media, Ronnie Mukundane, the spokesperson of Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA), says police needs to work upon this vice since UAERA does not have branches in neighboring countries as Uganda’s government only permits external employment.
“The government doesn’t clear a person who is not a Ugandan and our companies cannot engage in that. They could be taking them for sexual exploitation. All people who travel through licensed companies have been cleared by the government. By the time you are cleared, the government takes full responsibility,” Mukundane informed.