By ROBERT KAMUKAMA
NAIROBI, Kenya-SHIFTMEDIA– Kenyan Police are holding nine Ugandans who were reported to have survived human trafficking.
The 9 were arrested by Kenyan Police as they were being sneaked out through Jomo-Kenyatta International Airport.
Ugandan detectives confirmed that the nine were arrested after immigrations found them with Passports containing forged Kenyan Immigration stamps at the weekend.
Charles Twine the Criminal Investigations Directorate-CID spokesperson said they are in talks with the Kenyan police to have the Ugandans released.
He said preliminary investigations indicated that one Charles Kamuli, who owns a warehouse in Kireka a Kampala suburb, is the mastermind behind the human trafficking.
Police say that after recruiting mostly girls, Kamuli and his accomplices transport the victims to Kenya where paperwork is prepared before proceeding to their intended destinations in Dubai and Oman.
Twine said police have teamed up with Immigration to hold talks with the Kenyan High Commission and other relevant authorities to make sure that the victims are returned to Uganda and treated as victims of trafficking.
He called on Ugandans planning to leave for green pastures abroad to do due diligence on the legitimacy and legality of labor exporting companies to avoid falling into the traps of human traffickers.
“There are many fake companies that were even closed and whose licenses were canceled, but they are still operating illegally, and everyone should know that,” Twine noted.