Uganda in Tier 2 of The Human Trafficking Placement

The 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released on July 27, about it 2015 by the US Department of State has ranked Uganda in Tier 2.

In this category are countries whose governments do not fully comply with the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.

Today July 30 marks the United Nations (UN) World Day against Trafficking Persons.

According to the United Nations, viagra 60mg at least 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Globally, men, women and children are kidnapped, tricked, blackmailed, or manipulated into slavery, like prostitution, forced labor, or organ removal.

Human trafficking is a pervasive, global problem with severe implications for its victims. Most of these victims are lured into leaving their homes and countries to chase their dreams and to improve their lives, only to fall prey to exploitation as sex and/or slave labor.

Statistically, Uganda is witnessing a decline in reported cases of human trafficking. According to the National Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Office, there were 837 cases in 2013, and 293 in 2014.

However despite the success of awareness campaigns, Uganda still grapples with the challenges of counter-trafficking.


The Trafficking in Persons’ report discloses that Ugandan women are fraudulently recruited for employment in the Middle East where they are exploited and forced into prostitution in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Moses Binoga, Coordinator of the Ugandan National Counter Human Trafficking Taskforce who was according to the report recognized among the eight global individual players who have been recognized for their personal commitment and efforts to stop human trafficking says the most notable cause of human trafficking in Uganda is poverty and unemployment.

“Poverty renders victims vulnerable and leads to rural-urban migration. Urban areas such as Kampala are the major transit and destination areas of internal trafficking,” says Binoga.

Binoga has worked tirelessly to bring together the government-led taskforce and the civil society coalition against human trafficking into one coordinated effort to better identify and assist trafficking victims at home and abroad.

With Mr. Binoga at the helm, the national taskforce has conducted training programs, created public awareness materials, held pre-departure information briefings for intending migrants, drafted guidelines on victim care for investigators, and is designing a national database in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration for sex and labor trafficking statistics.

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