Through the Internal Affairs ministry, the government of Uganda has today announced the suspension and cancellation of eight labor exporting companies citing complaints and allegations of human trafficking.
Agnes Igoye, the coordinator of anti-human trafficking at the ministry of Internal Affairs, says the eight companies have had several complaints lodged against them by victims or relatives of victims suffering in foreign countries.
The complaints have been lodged constantly and have been extensively looked into by various organs – The ministries of Gender, Foreign Affairs and security agencies – External Security Organisation (ESO) and Internal Security Organisation – ISO and the Immigration department.
CID director AIGP Grace Akullo, in her 2020 crime report, indicates that 482 people were victims of transnational trafficking. Of these, Dubai was the leading destination with 257 victims, while Kenya and Oman came second and third with 165 and 39 victims, respectively.
Labour remains the biggest form of exploitation for trafficking in persons. This is driven by the large population of unemployed youth and the increased demand for cheap labor in places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Jordan.Grace Akullo
The companies are:
- Al-Saud Agency Limited Kibuye, Salama Road (SUSPENDED)
- Middle East Consultants Limited (Plot 21/31 Tank Hill Road, Muyenga) (SUSPENDED)
- Forbes Enterprises Limited, (SUSPENDED)
- Top Notch Recruitment Services (U) Limited ( LICENSE RENEWAL TERMINATED)
- Fly International Jobs (u) Ltd (LICENSE RENEWAL TERMINATED)
- Sahara Recruitment Agency Limited (LICENSE RENEWAL TERMINATED)
- Rider Uganda Ltd, Bukoto (LICENSE RENEWAL TERMINATED)
- Eagle Supervision Ltd, Mengo (LICENSE RENEWAL TERMINATED)