The increasing marriages involving Ugandan girls and West African men have drawn the attention of the Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control.
The increasing marriages involving Ugandan girls and West African men have drawn the attention of the Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control. Most of the West African marrying Ugandan girls are Nigerians, Ghanaian and Senegalese businessmen.
Immigration officials fear that the intermarriages could be a cover for human trafficking to lure Ugandan girls into the booming sex trade oversees. Eunice Kisembo, the spokesperson Directorate of Immigration and Citizens control says that intermarriages are an issue that needs closer attention.
She explains that they have received reports indicating that some West African men are involved in the trafficking Ugandan girls.
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Kisembo, however says the directorate is faced with a huge dilemma as many victims of sexual slavery are unwilling to provide police with information to stem the crime. A detective attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at Kibuli has confirmed to URN on condition of anonymity an ongoing investigation to establish a link between human trafficking and the intermarriages.
The investigation follows reports that more than 600 Ugandan girls are involved being held as sex slaves in China and Malaysia. Many of the sex slave victims left Uganda in search of employment but ended up as sex slaves. Some of the girls who have successfully escaped from their captors claim to have been lured into the sex trade by their relatives and friends with promises of better life. However, police is yet to break the racket of local businessmen involving in trafficking young girls into sexual slavery.