Tororo. Police in Tororo District have rescued four girls who were being trafficked to the Middle East to do odd jobs.
The traffickers are said to have taken advantage of the victims who are of tender age after promising them juicy jobs.
Bukedi regional police spokesperson Kamulya Sowali confirmed that the victims were rescued from suspected human traffickers at Eden Guest House on Tororo-Busia road, where they had booked for them accommodation before they could be sneaked out of the country through Malaba border post.
He said the young women aged between 22 and 28 are from Kampala and Wakiso and they were being taken to Oman to work as cleaners.
Mr Kamulya said they rescued the young women following a tip off from the hotel management who noticed that the girls were restless and were making frequent calls.
He identified the victims as Faith Kasime, 28, from Wakiso, Zam Namayanja, 23, from Kampala, Sarah Olega, 24, from Kampala and Jacklyn Nabasiba, 22, from Wakiso.
One of the suspects, a 25-year-old resident of Kasipodo village in Osukuru Sub-county, Tororo District was found in possession of the victims’ properties, including travel documents and was arrested.
Mr Kamulya said after the arrest, the suspect confessed to having coordinated the trafficking of the victims on behalf of their company.
‘’We have arrested him over human trafficking of four young women and we are still interrogating him to get more details as well as helping us to track the key people involved in the business,” Mr Kamulya said.
He added that the victims also claimed that the company asked them to pay Shs4 million to facilitate the entire process to secure all travel documents and transport to the final destination.
Mr Kamulya told Daily Monitor that they have registered several cases of trafficking of young girls through the two borders of Malaba and Busia with the aid of such suspects to Kenya and beyond.
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