Zainab Ssesanga, working with 2Niles Public Relations Agency in Nsambya, says many of the domestic workers who had registered with them are quietly picking their passports, claiming they got other companies to process for their departure. She says therefore, Government needs to re-opening their training centres in order to save the poor girls who are desperately looking for jobs from misled by the bad characters.
The Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies -UAERA wants
government to prioritize reopening of their training centers saying that the
closure of these orientation centers is fueling outbound human trafficking in the
The revised law over the recruitment of Ugandan Migrant
workers, Regulations, 2021, requires that labour externalisation companies take their
clients through a two weeks orientation training before qualifying them for
The law introduced a pre-departure orientation training to migrant
workers, and bans the charging of migrant workers unauthorized fees. The
penalty for breaking any of these regulations was also increased from three
months to five years imprisonment or a fine not exceeding one thousand currency
points (20million Uganda shillings) or serving both.
Ronnie Rukundo, the communications manager Uganda Association of External
Recruitment Agencies -UAERA says due to the lockdown that led to the closure
of schools did not exclude their orientation training centers hence affecting
He says currently they cannot recruit domestic workers as they
have no capacity to train them as it is required by the law hence favouring the human traffickers.
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Rukundo explains that the companies are currently only dealing
with the people who had gone through the fully required process by June 2021,
before the closure.
Esther Nabaki, from Bantu Establishment in Bugolobi says they are
having a huge turn up for registration especially ladies but they cannot
proceed with the processing due to the gap created by the closure of the
orientation training centers.
Nabaki says they had over 200 girls who had registered in three weeks after the closure; however, a good number of these 200 have quietly picked their
passports claiming they have got people to help them out.
‘’We know that currently all licensed recruitment agencies cannot clear
any domestic migrant workers due to the closure of training centers, now who is
taking these girls without following the right procedures?‘’ asks Nabaki.
The training requirements for migrant domestic workers were added to
enable the girls going for such work to gain some knowledge about the behaviors and culture of
the countries they are heading to.
Meanwhile the deputy coordinator of anti- trafficking department, ministry
of internal Affairs, Agnes Igoye says the companies should stop lamenting and
adjust to the new normal.
Igoye indicates that human trafficking cannot only be attributed
to the closure of the orientation training centers, noting their several factors.
She explains that currently the major human trafficking in the
country is internal with many people selling out their own children for wealth.
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TheTrafficking in person report of 2020, estimates determined that traffickers
are currently exploiting 7,000 to 12,000 children through sex trafficking in
Uganda. The report also outlines how human trafficking in Uganda primarily
takes the form of forced physical labor and sexual exploitation.
In September 2021, the Crime Intelligence Unit raided
three homes in Kampala and rescued over 200 girls and women who were allegedly
being trafficked to Arab countries.
Frank Mugabi, the spokesperson ministry of gender Labour and
Social Development, the ministry that houses these companies says it is true
these companies cannot recruit before the government reopens their training centers. He advises them to keep waiting for the reopening.
Zainab Ssesanga, working with 2Niles Public Relations Agency in Nsambya,
says many of the domestic workers who had registered with them are slowly
picking their passport claiming they got other companies to process for their departure.
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Ssesanga says the government needs to consider reopening their training
centres in order to help out on the girls who are desperately looking for jobs
hence ending up misled by the bad characters.
Uganda is still doing badly on employment opportunities and social
welfare which has seen young people who are the majority looking for opportunities outside.
This has left many being exploited by human traffickers attracted with
promises, especially the young girls who want to go for domestic works in the United
Arab Emirates and other states.