The Times of Tanzania
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Human Trafficking: Young People in Uganda are now smuggled into Kenya for work

Human Trafficking is rearing its ugly head again. Ugandans are now shipped to Kenya under promises of being offered employment.

Some agents in Uganda are reported to be working as conduits recruiting the youth in the country and smuggling them into Kenya to work as labourers in farms and other entities.

In connection with the incident the Police in the Kakiri area have managed to arrest a suspect who is now being charged with human trafficking.

Kakiri is an urban center found in the Wakiso District of the Central Region in Uganda.

“On 29 Aug 23, at about 3:00 pm, our officers received intelligence regarding Nasuuna Harriet, a 38-year-old resident of Nampunge village in Kakiri sub-county, Wakiso district who was allegedly involved in the recruitment of people aged 18 and above, purportedly offering them opportunities for employment in Kenya.”

Senior Superintendent of Police, Patrick Onyango

At around 7:00 pm, the suspect was taken into custody by the police to make a statement.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that she had gathered youths from various regions across Uganda, including Nansana, Kyengera, Bukomero, Butambala, Kasese, Fort Portal, Kyegegwa, and others, enticing them with promises of a better future.

Both male and female victims had congregated at Nasuuna Harriet’s residence in Nampunge village, Kakiri sub-county, Wakiso district, awaiting transportation to Nairobi, Kenya.

During interrogation, the suspect said that she had been assigned the task of recruiting energetic young men and women by a certain Mugenyi William, an 18-year-old resident of Kapeka Semuto in Nakaseke district.

Mugenyi, reportedly a student at Kapeka Secondary School, was allegedly acting as an agent on behalf of his sister, identified as Carol, associated with the Humble Company in Nairobi, Kenya.

Further investigations revealed that the victims were being lured into positions such as waiters, waitresses, supermarket attendants, and casual labourers at Saint Mary’s Coffee Company in Kenya.

A total of 179 victims, comprising 99 males and 80 females, were rescued and taken to Kakiri police station for necessary arrangements to facilitate their return to their respective homes.

The primary suspect remains in custody at Kakiri police station. Efforts are underway to arrest the individual known as Mugenyi William, to help with investigations into the matter.

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