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FULL LIST: Eight licenses of top labour export companies canceled over human trafficking

A group of youth leaving Entebbe International Airport, Uganda after they were flagged off by Middle East Consultants to go and work abroad in July 2017. COURTESY PHOTO

Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Internal Affairs has on Monday canceled licenses of 8 external labour recruitment agencies on allegations of human trafficking and continued violations of the right of their clients.

This was revealed by Ms. Agnes Igoye, the Deputy National Coordinator for Prevention of Trafficking at the Ministry who revealed that the companies blacklisted have with immediate effect been stopped from operating after failing to operate with the stipulated laws of this country.

She further explained while some licenses have been suspended, other companies have had their licenses completely terminated. These include; Top Notch Recruitment Services (U) Limited, Fly International Jobs (u) Ltd and Sahara Recruitment Agency Limited.

Other companies including whose licenses have been cancelled are;

  1. Middle East Consultants Limited (Plot 21/31 Tank Hill Road, Muyenga)
  2. Al-Saud Agency Limited Kibuye, Salama Road
  3. Al-Saud Agency Limited Kibuye, Salama Road
  4. The Eagles Supervision Limited – Plot 728, Mengo, Kampala
  5. Forbes Enterprises Limited, P.O Box 10924, Kiwatule, Kampala
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Early this month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs released a report showing a total of 214 cases of trafficking in persons registered from January to December 2020 compared to the 252 cases in 2019, which indicated a decrease of 15.1 percent.

Commenting on the incident, the Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago said that they deserved so, saying that they have just been selling people.

“Describing these Slave trade merchants as labour export companies is a misnomer,” Lukwago commented.

“They isn’t even a follow-up mechanism to address the plight and grievances of our brothers and sisters after being dumped in the host countries,” he added.

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