Five Men Intercepted

August 14, 2021
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Five Men Intercepted

Five at-risk males being lured with the promise of work were intercepted in Uganda and a suspect was arrested. ⁠ ⁠

Our partners recently intercepted Kasanda, Mubiru, Samuel, Elijah, and Tumusiime* from Eastern Uganda. They had been contacted by Simon*, a wealthy resident who owns land in Northern Uganda. According to the young men, none of them knew Simon. When he contacted them, he said he was searching for employees for various jobs including digging, slashing, and burning charcoal. ⁠ ⁠

The five men accepted Simon’s job offer and were transported to Kampala in Simon’s car. Although the men had been promised jobs, Simon never told them any specific details about their future work, including their salaries. ⁠ ⁠

Our team was monitoring at a bus terminal when they noticed the group sitting in the pavilion with their luggage, preparing to travel to their intended destination. When they approached them for individual questioning, our partners noticed multiple contradictions in their stories, causing them to believe that the young men had been instructed by Simon not to talk to anyone about their journey or the jobs promised to them. ⁠ ⁠

Our partners continued to question the group, reassuring them that they only wanted to help. The men eventually opened up and shared the truth of their travel plans, and then our partners contacted the police to inform them of the situation. Our partners continued to counsel the group, providing them with information about human trafficking. They advised them to stop their journey and return home. The five men agreed that they were in a potentially dangerous situation and decided to go back to the safety of their village.⁠ ⁠

Meanwhile, Simon’s statement to the police did not match the information that had been provided by the potential victims, so he was arrested on the charge of human trafficking. Unfortunately, however, the police officer in charge of the case eventually determined that there was not enough evidence against Simon, so he was later released. ⁠ ⁠

Thanks, Girl Set Free Freedom Partners, for funding our anti-trafficking work and making stories like this possible. To join our community of modern day abolitionists choose where you would like to get involved here.

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