Uganda cracks whip on human trafficking
SEE ALSO :Uganda economy up 11pc after rebasing"At the border, we were told to get out of the taxi and travel on bicycles to cross into Kenya unnoticed. When we crossed the border, we boarded another taxi to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi," she added. In Nairobi, Mulwana said they were hidden in a downtown warehouse until they were finally boarded on a plane to Dubai. While in Dubai, the girls were taken to different offices where their employers later picked them to go and work as housemaids. Mulwana said all went well until the male boss started demanding sexual favour. "He would come back home when the wife had gone to work and force me into sexual activities. This went on for some months until I reported to the Police in Dubai," she said.
SEE ALSO :Why Uganda is still the Pearl of AfricaMulwana said she did not get enough help from the police which instead decided to arrest her, accusing her of breaking the contract with her employer. While in detention, Mulwana was able to contact a Ugandan government legislator who was able to contact some colleagues in Dubai. "I was finally released, deported and banned from travelling to United Arab Emirate again. But I am happy I am back home and will never repeat the same mistake of being taken by middlemen to work abroad," Mulwana who came back to Uganda last month said. Mulwana's story is not isolated. Some girls have been returned home dead. Uganda has one of the youngest population in the world with over 70 per cent of its population below the age of 35 years, according to government figures, while many of the youths do not have employment.
SEE ALSO :Uganda cracks whip on traffickingThis situation has forced some youths to seek employment in the Middle East. Traffickers have taken advantage of the situation. In the wake of several youths being trafficked out of the country in the hope of getting jobs, the government has started cracking a whip on individuals and companies involved in the labour export market. Early this month, police intercepted 12 girls who were being trafficked out of the country through Entebbe International Airport headed to Saudi Arabia. Police in a statement issued here said the girls were being taken out of the country by a non-existent company. "On interviewing the victims, it was discovered that they were recruited by Awali Umaru and one only identified as Yasin, all businessmen in Kampala who briefed them from Kampala and later put them in a taxi to the airport for departure," the statement said.
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