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Rwanda: Police – Time Is Up for Human Traffickers

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 7, 2013 at 6:12 am

Police are closing in on leaders of a Kigali-based racket of human traffickers whose activities threaten to turn the country into a source of girls and young women sold into sex slavery in neighbouring countries and the Middle East.

Details of this racket and names of the ring-leaders emerged last week after police interviewed six young women recently rescued from sex-slavery in neighbouring Uganda.

Security agencies have categorised as “very serious crime” the problem of human trafficking in the region.

Police say they are in possession of the names of the perpetrators whose arrest will be carried out any time this week. “We already have some names and will possibly have some arrested [this week]. We plan to close investigations into that case by next week (read this week),” Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesman Theos Badege told the Sunday Times in an exclusive interview.

Source: All Africa


Uganda: Job Agencies a Key Driver of Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on November 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Most labour recruitment agencies that are taking Ugandans to work abroad operate without licenses, which is fueling human trafficking in the country.

Eunice Kisembo, the chairperson of the national task force for the coordination of government initiatives against human trafficking, said: “We have about 46 agencies recruiting people to work abroad, but only 23 of these have renewed their licenses.”

“Because of this, we have some agencies that do not know anything about human trafficking laws. They assume that their duty stops at delivering these people,” he added.

Source: allAfrica

Uganda’s new slave trade: Sex trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

Officials estimate that in Malaysia alone there are currently about 600 Ugandan women in forced prostitution (AFP/File, Teh Eng Koon)

Struggling to support her young son and ill mother with the income from a small shop, last year Kobusingye heard about a job opportunity earning $800 a month working at a Ugandan-owned boutique in Malaysia.

After triple-checking that the job was genuine, Kobusingye sold her shop, paid for a passport and bought a visa for China, where middlemen told her she needed transit, before being handed a ticket and boarding a plane.

But when she arrived in China, she was met by a Ugandan woman, taken to a hotel where scores of other Ugandan girls were staying and told she now owed $7,000 for the airfare.

“There were no jobs there, they had lied to me — the only thing they had taken me there for was prostitution,” said Kobusingye, who asked that her name be changed.

That night, a Nigerian man knocked on the door and said he had paid to have sex with her. Kept prisoner in her hotel room and with her passport taken away, for the next few weeks Kobusingye was forced — sometimes brutally — to sleep with up to five Nigerian men each night.

Source: Google

Uganda: Firms Under Probe Over Human Trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

A parliamentary committee is investigating security companies suspected of exporting Ugandans into domestic and sexual slavery abroad amid mounting concern over the country’s complicity in human trafficking.

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development was tasked with the investigation on February 8, after a petition was tabled in Parliament by Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP.

The resulting committee is expected to table its report in mid-March. The petition focuses on Uganda Veterans Development Ltd (UVDL) – the company accused of exporting 147 Ugandan women into Iraqi domestic slavery in 2009.

Although the government monitored the 20 companies registered by the labour ministry after initial reports of trafficking surfaced, UVDL’s licence has since been reissued. At least 100 of the Ugandan women they sent to Iraq remain unaccounted for.

Source: All Africa

Uganda: How Daughters Are Trapped in Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

When 23-year-old Linda (not her real name) was approached by the grandfather of a friend and offered a job in Malaysia, she wanted to believe it so badly that she did.

For the sake of her young child and ill mother, she wanted to believe that there was an opportunity for her abroad where she could work in a shop, make Shs2.5m in a month, and send money home to her family.

Within 10 days from accepting the proposition, Linda had a visa in hand, a ticket purchased for her, and was on her way to China – what she was told would be a brief stopover on her way to Malaysia. She was met by a Ugandan woman she knew only as “Faith”, who brought her to a hotel. There, she found a handful of others who fit the profile, just like her.

Her passport was taken from her, her questions went unanswered, and her movements were limited. And after two days, men started being sent into her room. They told Linda they had already paid her boss for her services.

Linda ended up spending one month at that hotel, where she was forced to sleep with multiple men in a day under threat of violence. “I was feeling so bad – so so bad. But I couldn’t do anything,” Linda says. “When you refused she (Faith) would slap us, and not give us food to eat.”

One day, she tried to find a way to an embassy that might help her. Faith found out, and Linda and another woman were shipped off to Malaysia. Though under strict directions to say as little as possible to officials and wait to be picked up at the airport, the women were stopped at immigration and didn’t make it through.

Malaysian immigration sent her back to China, which sent her straight back to Malaysia again. She was in immigration limbo, and with no one to pay for her ticket home, Linda was detained at the Malaysian airport for months. In that time she fell ill, was taken to hospital and told that she was pregnant. Linda later miscarried – and then found out that she had contracted HIV.

“I just wanted to get some good money so I can help my kid, I can help my mom. I never imagined…” Her voice breaks and as she looks down into her lap, tears fall onto her clasped hands.

Source: All Africa

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In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 22, 2012 at 9:58 am

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600 Ugandan girls victims of human trafficking in Malaysia

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

At least 600 Ugandan girls have been forced into Malaysia’s sex trade in what has become a human trafficking epidemic, a foreign diplomat has said.

Hajah Noraihan, the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said despite an early warning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008 when the number of trafficked girls stood at 30, the constant flow of victims has not slowed.

She says Malaysian intelligence indicates 10 girls continue to fall through the cracks of Uganda’s immigration and labour systems daily.

“Nothing was done and this is what happened,” Ms Noraihan said.

Malaysia, a country known for its poor human trafficking record although it has traditionally been within the Asian region, is currently on a US state department watch list for not having shown adequate evidence of its efforts to combat the scourge.

The worst form of human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Human trafficking often involves prostitution and forced labor of victims. But in Uganda, traffickers buy and sell children against their will to use their genitals, heads, and blood for ritual sacrifice. The U.S. Department of States recently reported 9000 children missing in Uganda over the last four years. Traffickers transport children both inside Uganda and to other countries for use in ritual sacrifices.   In 2008, police arrested a witchdoctor couple and a real estate mogul, Godfrey Kajubi, for trafficking 12 year old Joseph for ritual sacrifice. According to the police, Kajubi promised the witchdoctor couple $4021 in exchange for the heads of four children, which he planned to use for ritual.   Kajubi paid $127 for Joseph’s head, and told the couple that he would pay the rest of the promised amount when the couple brought him three more human heads.The witchdoctor later testified that Kajubi and his employee murdered Joseph, mutilated his body, cut off his head and genitals, drained the body of all blood and dumped the torso in a local swamp.

(Youngbee Dale for Washington Times)
The worst form of human trafficking

The Government of Uganda is to institute road blocks at every exit out of Karamoja region to curb the problem of child trafficking. The commissioner for children in the ministry of gender Mondo Kyateka says they have studied the situation and realised that over 1000children on streets are trafficked from the region. He says many of the children on Kampala streets have ended up without their wish or choice but by people who bring them to Kampala to escape harsh conditions in Karamoja.

In Human Trafficking on November 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Uganda People News: Government To Stop Child Trafficking From Karamoja

Police in Malaysia said Tuesday they have busted a human trafficking ring and rescued some 21 Ugandan women who were forced into prostitution by ring members. The Ugandan women, aged between 19 and 42, were rescued from an apartment block near Kuala Lumpur in a sting operation, which also led to the arrest of one male and two female members of the trafficking ring. Police said the women, who were promised well-paying hotel jobs in Malaysia by “recruitment agents” in their home country, were brought into Malaysia via China. But they were later forced to have sex with African men residing in Malaysia by the ring members. The women were beaten up and locked in rooms by the ring members if they refused to have sex with the customers in exchange for money or attempt to escape. The detained ring members now face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on human trafficking charges.

In Human Trafficking on October 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

Malaysia Busts Human Trafficking Ring, Frees 21 Ugandan Women

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