Government accused the companies of engaging in different criminal acts including among others submitting fake bank guarantees during their license renewal, forged tax clearance certificates, illegally charging prospective recruits without securing them jobs and human trafficking.
Addressing Journalists at Naguru Police Headquarters, Agnes Igoye, the Coordinator of Anti-human Trafficking in the Internal Affairs Ministry, said many Ugandans have complained to her department that the affected companies are withholding their travel documents with intentions of extorting money from them.
According to Igoye, passports are government property, saying that whoever withholds them illegally risks arrest. She advised the affected persons to report to the nearest police station and provide proof for follow up.
Igoye also revealed that they had received calls from several people whose relatives travelled under the suspended firms.
“We encourage them to visit our office so that we work with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Interpol to ensure that such cases are also dealt with,” she said.
In her 2020 crime report, the Director of Criminal Investigations, Grace Akullo showed that 482 people were victims of transnational trafficking. According to the report, 257 of these went to Dubai while Kenya and Oman came second and third with 165 and 39 victims respectively.
“Trafficking in persons is not just in Kampala but also upcountry has cases including child trafficking and organ harvesting as well as child sacrifice. All this includes trafficking in persons, not just taking people abroad,” Igoye said. URN