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Human trafficking is the illegal transportation of people from one area or country to another, for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.

It is a form of modern-day slavery in which “traffickers” use force, fraud, or coercion to control their victims against their will.

Labour trafficking can take the form of many settings such as domestic work, small businesses, factories and farms.Sex trafficking can often be found in the form of street prostitution, residential brothels, massage businesses and so on.

How it happens
Number of Victims globally
No access to information on safe migration in Kampala
Fueling the industry


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  • An individual or a group of persons is fraudulently convinced or forced to be taken from one place to another for purposes of exploitation
  • Victims are told to hide their true identities or purpose ffor their movement to authorities
  • Victims are bonded to indirect debts in form of free travels or paid up visas which makes it difficult for them to withdraw their services when they realise the exploitation
  • Victims’ movements are closely monitored and controlled by the traffickers through confiscation of travel documents
  • Sometimes victims are given the very job promised but under different terms of work and payment
  • Some victims are forced to practice prostitution and proceeds are taken by their bosses to allegedly cover the travel costs
  • Some child victims are either convinced or forced to do heavy domestic or street begging fo the trafficker’s benefit

We have put together a list of potential red flags and indicators of human trafficking to help you recognize the signs. If you see any of these RED FLAGS, contact the Wetaase Hotline at 0800 202 600 for information on referral services or to report the situation.

  • Promises of employment opportunities with unreasonably high salary offers
  • Unclear details of employer
  • Unclear details about transportation to final destination
  • Requests to break the law or lie to law enforcement personnel
  • Have clear documentation of the terms and conditions of the job offers, scholarships or foreign tours
  • Seek clarification on the list of licensed recruitment companies from the Ministry of Labour, Internal Affairs, District Police or District Labour Officers
  • Keep photocopies of all documents related to transactions so that it may be referred to when a situation arises
  • Leave a copy of the documentations with a family member or close friend before leaving home or the country
  • Take note of the particulars of your recruitment individual/agency, the streets an locations of work to easily provide direction for your rescue
  • Be cautious of the job offers where you are told to disguise your identity and reason fo leaving the country, use forged documents or avoid the normal immigration formalities
  • Children below the age of 18 years should not be handed over for any fom of labour or marriage
  • Lack of freedom of movement
  • Very little salary or pay
  • Works long hours without breaks
  • Exhibits signs of fear, anxiety or depression
  • Poor health and potential lack of access to medical care
  • Show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, torture, confinement
  • Lack of identification document, passport or any finances
  • Inconsistencies in stories about their journey, place of employment, timeline etc.




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