Uganda and Kenya united in the fight against human trafficking

Trafficking of human beings is one of the biggest scourges of the 21st century

Trafficking of human beings is one of the biggest scourges of the 21st century

The two countries are intensifying border controls. In East Africa alone, 50 people cross borders every day

Uganda and Kenya are joining efforts to halt the lucrative business of human trafficking, especially to Middle Eastern countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is estimated that 50 people cross the borders of East Africa on a daily basis, enticed with promises of high-paying jobs, website DW reported last Tuesday.

Moses Babinoga, coordinator of the Uganda Human Trafficking Mission, told DW that measures to combat this type of crime are already underway. 'We want to work together with Kenya in order to intercept Ugandans attempting to leave the country through Kenya, as we conduct rigorous inspections at the Entebbe Airport [Uganda],' he explained.

The same measure will apply to all border areas, 'with all neighboring countries, including South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania'. The goal, Babinoga adds, is to 'protect not only Ugandans, but also people from neighboring countries who are trying to come through Uganda'.

Victims are often recruited by fake agents who then sell them to work as prostitutes or maids.

According to DW's report, one of the many victims of human trafficking in Oman was able to record a video requesting help, using a borrowed phone. He explains that his cell phone and passport were confiscated, so that he could not get in touch with anyone to ask for help to get out of there. This woman thought she was going to Oman to work in a shop, but upon arriving, she realized that she would be a house maid. In truth, she was enslaved. For several months, she worked without receiving any compensation.