A 23 year old woman who was trafficked to Malaysia has returned home after spending 11months in what she calls sex slavery. Rita Nabangwa (not real names) says she experienced 11months of torture, intimidation and rape from traffickers who are openly operating in Uganda.
Rita Nabangwa (not real names) says she experienced 11months of torture, intimidation and rape from traffickers who are openly operating in Uganda.
Wiping tears from her eyes, Nabangwa says she is lucky to be home but many girls may never return unless there is government intervention to bring them home. During her time in captivity Nabangwa claims she saw many Ugandan girls brought into Malaysia.
Working as a house help for Ugandan students from wealthy families in Malaysia, she managed to raise an air ticket and return home on May 27.
Nabangwa left Uganda on July 9 to work in a hotel and says she was received at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia by a Nigerian national only identified as Mark.
Nabangwa says she was raped on the first day by her host who later tried to introduce her to sex trade. She says this gave her a resolve to resist any attempts to go into the sex business that even when her traffickers demanded that she pays their 7,000 United States dollars she always referred to the rape incident.
To successfully threaten the girls into submission, the traffickers reportedly shave their pubic area to scare them by telling them that they would cast a bad spell if they refuse.
Determined not to enter the sex trade, Nabangwa says she was one time kidnapped by a gang of four men who reportedly raped her after beating her.
To escape death, Nabangwa says she agreed to their terms and was released, something that helped her to escape from the holding house where she stayed.
Though her captors were determined to get her, she eluded them by putting off her phones but this was after they had taken her passport.
During the eleven months in captivity, Nabangwa says at least two Ugandan girls were murdered in suspected ritual murders. She however, does not give the identities of the victims.
She says many girls would have wished to come home but they cannot because their travel documents were confiscated and do not have money. She travelled home on a one way travel document.
Staying in Kyebando, Nabangwa is afraid of everybody including her friends, one of who put her in touch with the traffickers. Nabangwa wonders why government has left such people to remain around where they openly recruit Ugandan girls in sex trade.
According to the Police Crime Report 2011, a total of 64 Ugandans were trafficked out of the country last year. 51 of those were trafficked to Malaysia, 6 to China, one to Egypt and another one to Tanzania. The other countries mentioned as destinations for trafficked Ugandans include Rwanda, Thailand, South Sudan and Botswana.