Gov't Creates Inter-Ministerial Committee to Fight Human Trafficking

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Government has formed an Inter ministerial committee to help fight increasing cases of human trafficking that have hit the country lately.

Government has formed an Inter ministerial committee to help fight increasing cases of human trafficking that have hit the country lately.

Cases of human trafficking started coming to light mid this year after it emerged that a number of young unemployed girls were being recruited and ferried into sex trade by gangs operating in China, Malaysia and Singapore.

Over the last two weeks, authorities in Malaysia have rescued 25 girls who were trafficked there with promises of finding them lucrative jobs but ended up into prostitution.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, Eunice Kisembo the spokesperson of the Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control said the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the lead agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a member of the committee.

Other organizations on board are the Internal Security Organization, External Security Organization, and Police while the International Organization for Migration will play an observer role.

Kisembo says the role of the committee is to establish the magnitude of the trafficking women in Kampala and carry out sensitization of the masses.

Kisembo noted with concern that most of the girls being trafficked are being ignorantly recruited with the help of their relatives because of their economic hardships.

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Two months ago, Uganda Radio Network ran a story of a young woman who was trafficked to China and the traffickers wanted her to pay US$6500 before returning her passport. She reported that one young woman jumped to death after failing to secure the release of her passport.

When asked why Uganda seems to be just waking up, Kisembo says the anti human trafficking act came up in 2009, but only needs to re-invigorate the awareness campaign in view of the latest wave of recruitment that is going on.


 

 

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