Nine Women Rescued
Nine women deceived into sex trade with false job offers were rescued in Uganda. The nine women from this interception were all from a village in Western Uganda. One of the potential victims had been contacted by a suspected trafficker who told her that he could give her and other females from her village good jobs working as attendants at a bar in another district. The suspect told her that their transportation would be paid for, and he promised them each a monthly salary of 300,000 UGX ($85 USD).
Excited about the job opportunity, the young woman immediately gathered eight other women from her village and told them about the suspect’s offer. The nine women met at a church and then set off to board a direct bus to the district. When they arrived, the suspected trafficker was informed of their arrival, and he sent boda-boda cyclists to pick them up and transport them to their final destination.
On arrival, the women were told to go inside the bar and meet their new employer (the suspected trafficker). Even though it was daytime, the bar looked dark and scary. The women were welcomed and directed where to sleep. When they entered their room, they found other women who were preparing for night duty. They interacted with these women and soon discovered that they had been deceived; the prominent business at the bar was sex trade and nothing more.
Thankfully last month, our partners collaborated with local authorities to interview and rescue the nine women and help them return to the safety of their homes.
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