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22 arrested for Trafficking in Persons- Masaka

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22 arrested for Trafficking in Persons- Masaka

22 coordinators and staff of SUPERLIFE Company are in custody at CPS Masaka on charges of trafficking in persons, after they mobilized and recruited persons, under a fraudulent employment and business scheme.

Preliminary findings indicate that the group basically targeted S.4 and S.6 leavers, whom they introduced to their various packages.

Most of the victims were recruited from the Western districts of Ntungamo, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Kabale and Kiruhura.

SCP Enanga Fred the Police Spokesperson says that so far, a total of 98 victims (27 females and 71 males) have recorded their statements, indicating how they were fleeced of their money through registration.

He adds that many are forced to rent cheap rooms in the slums, with the false hope of a lucrative job package.

The suspects include; Ayebazibwe Amon, Masiko Nicholas, Kamugisha Nicholas, Mugisha Nicholas, Abaho Denis, Akampulira Denis, Byaruhanga Ahamada, Byamukama Innocent, Atukwase Moreen, Arimiwera Immaculate, Tusingwire Joseph, Kyohirwe Catherine, Gumaoshabe Mackline, Nishaba Mercy, Nuwahereza Apofia, Atuhaire Shadida, Ninzeyimana Vincent, Tulinawe Dinah, Turyahebwa Dickson, Agaba Ambrose and Arinaitwe Brenda.

Enanga says a search was conducted at their offices on Muteesa Plaza and several exhibits were recovered.

“As the Joint security agencies, we want to reaffirm our commitment to combatting trafficking in persons’ networks, to help mitigate the risks of labour exploitation. If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation, please call the Human Trafficking Desk at CID Headquarters on 0713-881798. Al reports are confidential,” said Enanga.

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