Interpol Warns Uganda on Sex Slavery


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This comes days after Uganda police announced an increase in the number of nationals being trafficked into sex slavery and servitude abroad.

Commissioner of Police, Moses Binoga who heads the Counter – Human Trafficking National Task force announced earlier this week that an average to 15 cases of trafficked Ugandans are being reported monthly.

According to this year’s records Binoga said, Kuwait is topping the largest destination of trafficked Ugandan girls, with about 29 reported cases, followed by UAE 6, India 5, while other destinations include South Africa, China, Turkey, Hong Kong, among others.

Uganda has scores of companies registered in the external labor business, only 30 of which have been formerly licensed by Ministry of Gender and Labor.

Speaking yesterday at a civil society organized policing conference in Kampala, Interpol Country Director Asan Kasingye, said that government had endangered the lives of its young people by entrusting such a sensitive sector to the profit-minded private companies.

“This business of going to a certain section in the Ministry of Labor and getting a license to operate a company that recruits and sells people abroad and you have no single responsibility on what happens to them, should stop,” stressed Kasingye.

He revealed that the private companies through their agents target young, poor and semi-elite girls, whom they feed with false promises about highly paying jobs abroad.

“Victims are presented with agreements, but they don’t look at them until they are at the airport. They wait until the plane is ready to take off and ask them to sign the papers. One only reaches there to find that she has been sold to an Arab pimp, who leads her straight to the brothel.”

He noted that human trafficking world over is a highly profitable business almost compared to drug and arms trafficking, which is why it’s being linked with terrorism.

Describing the business as the “Modern world slave trade” he illustrated how some Ugandan girls had confessed of being lined up like commodities for rich men to make a pick.

Kasingye asked Uganda to borrow a leaf from Ethiopia, which has currently nationalized the industry.

“In Ethiopia, if you want to work abroad you must register with government, which gets in touch with the embassy of the destination country and gets to know where you are going, the kind of work you are going to do, the employer’s details and contacts and keeps an eye on your condition.”

He added, “In Uganda its a whole different story. For instance, if there were like 50 girls, stranded in Malaysia, there is no government agency here which has the responsibility getting them air tickets back home. Everyone including the ministry will tell you there is no money.”

Kasingye further highlighted a need for government to heighten efforts finding jobs locally for especially youths, noting that despair was driving many unemployed uganda youths to their graves outside the country.

“Many girls come to my office looking for letters of good conduct. We try to warn them about sex slavery but all they tell us is, ‘This is my body. If you don’t want me to go, why don’t get me a job here.”


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