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.

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Uganda’s Interpol office has reported that Ugandans are often trafficked to India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, and the countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.. During the reporting period, Ugandan trafficking victims were identified in the United Kingdom, Greece, Poland, Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, South Sudan, Kenya, China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, and the United States.

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Wetaase is an online and mobile platform serving high-risk individuals, victims and survivors of human trafficking from Uganda. The toll-free line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in major Ugandan languages. Wetaase provides vital information, legal advice and aftercare support through our different channels and partnerships. We utilise this data to track and reduce incidences of human trafficking by monitoring domestic and transnational trafficking.

The helpline can be accessed by called 0800 202 600. The helpline can also be accessed online by sending an email to, or by filling out this online form , or by interacting with us on Facebook Messenger.

Wetaase is not a government entity. We are not the police, immigration or an investigative agency. We are not a direct victim service provider. We help individuals access direct services through our networks network and we facilitate using data to tackle human trafficking.

How does Trafficking in persons occur?

  • 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

Red Flags

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

Find the list of licensed recruitment companies as of May 2017

How to avoid becoming a victim?

  • 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

How to Identify a Victim of Human Trafficking

  • 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.

Legal Advice:

Barefoot Law provides the public with free legal information using innovative approaches. They use technology in addition to the traditional methods to offer free legal information and assistance.

Platform for Labour Action (PLA) is a National Civil Society Organization focused on promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and marginalized workers through empowerment of communities and individuals in Uganda.

The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) is one of the leading women’s rights organizations in Uganda with an established track record of promoting and defending human rights, with a focus on the rights of women with children as beneficiaries of this work.

AHURIO (Association of Human Rights Organisation) was started to coordinate human rights organisations in the Ruwenzori region. Some of the first members include Kabarole Research and Resource centre, Development foundation for Rural Areas, Ruwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice, Integrated Women Development, Ride Africa, Parents concern for Young People, and Youth and Women Empowerment(YAWE).

After-care Services:

Willow International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against human trafficking by empowering survivors to not only be free from slavery, but to heal from trauma and live full, healthy lives.

Not For Sale fights modern-day slavery by evaluating mainstream supply chains, offering social services to survivors, and creating enterprise opportunities for vulnerable communities.

Dwelling Places (DP) is a Christian NGO dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of street children, abandoned babies and high-risk slum families. Through holistic care, these children are relocated into safe, loving homes back in society.

In an attempt to address the problem of sexually exploited children, RHEMA Ministries started the Rahab Project in 2005. The main goal of this project was to prevent sex exploitation of children in Kampala District. The project has evolved into a non-profit organisation named Rahab Uganda. To date, over 45 young girls have been reached by Rahab Uganda. Some have been resettled with capital and others are still undergoing rehabilitation.

The Act (What​ is​ done)

Recruitment,​ transportation,​ transfer,​ harbouring​ or​ receipt​ of​ persons

The​ Means (How​ it​ is​ done)

Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments​ ​ or​ ​ benefits​ ​ to​ ​ a​ ​ person​ ​ in​ ​ control​ ​ of​ ​ the​ ​ victim

The​ ​ Purpose (Why it​ is​ done)

For the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced​ ​ labour,​ ​ slavery​ ​ or​ ​ similar​ ​ practices​ ​ and​ ​ the​ ​ removal​ ​ of​ ​ organs. To ascertain whether a particular circumstance constitutes trafficking in persons, consider the definition of trafficking in the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the constituent elements of the offense, as defined by relevant​ ​ domestic​ ​ legislation​.

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