15 Chinese Arrested for Abusing Female Workers

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In short
A female employee, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said young girls are sexually abused by top bosses before they are employed.

Fifteen Chinese nationals and two Ugandans working at Sunbelt Textiles Limited in Jinja are in trouble for allegedly abusing female employees.
 
 
They were picked up by police in an operation led by Erick Sakwa, the Jinja Deputy Resident District Commissioner on Friday following numerous complaints from their victims.
 

 
Sakwa told reporters that they were forced to storm the factory after receiving numerous complaints from female workers that they are forced to have sex with the Chinese nationsl in order to keep their jobs.

 
 
"We have received complaints that the Chinese bosses are sexually abusing the workers, especially women. They have also failed to give workers their contracts and appointment letters," he said.
 
 
A female employee, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said young girls are sexually abused by top bosses before they are employed.
 



 
It also emerged later that the Chinese nationals are illegally in the country, since they don't have official documents authorizing their stay. The identities of the suspects were not readily available by the time of filling this story. 




Andrew Walusimbi, the Jinja District Labour Officer has appealed to the employees to report cases of mistreatment by their employers.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).