Ugandan girls still being sold as sex slaves in Oman

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Ugandan women recount ordeal in Oman

Government is investigating claims made by Ugandan girls that they are trafficked and sold as slaves in Oman, Middle East.

National Organisation of Trade Unions presented two girls reportedly rescued from Oman who narrated how they have been trafficked and sold as slaves.

Hasifa Walugambire, one of the victims appeared in a video saying she was lured by a Kenyan lady only identified as Gladys.

The lady conned her of Shs4m claiming she would work as a banker in Oman.

When Hasifa arrived at the airport, she was taken to an office where she was told that she had been brought to work as a domestic worker.

She would wake up at 4am and sleep at 2am and sometimes go without food.

“When I refused to work, I was tortured and returned to the shop where they got me.”

She said the shops sell Ugandan girls as both slaves and sex workers.

Adikini Teddy Takia, another victim, said she was lured to Oman by a friend called Susan.

Susan connected her to an agent based in Mbale promising her to work in Oman as a waitress.

Her passport was confiscated at Jomo Kenyatta airport and on arrival at Muscat in Oman, she was made a maid.

“I worked without pay and when I refused to work, I was tortured and returned to the shop where I was beaten.”

The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana, told Daily Monitor that government was investigating the matter.

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