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Gov’t finally repatriates trafficked Ugandans from Myanmar

A group of Ugandan citizens that were trafficked to Maynmar arrive at the Entebbe international Airport

The government of Uganda under it’s ministry of internal affairs have successfully repatriated a number of Ugandan citizens that had for long been tracked in Myanmar after unknowingly being trafficked by criminal elements.

According to the internal affairs Ministry, the milestone was achieved through concerted efforts by various government agencies and international partners, demonstrating the Uganda Foreign Service’s commitment to protecting Ugandans abroad and combating human trafficking.

Addressing journalists at the Entebbe International Airport earlier today, the P/S of Internal Affairs Ministry Mr. Bagiire Vincent Waiswa urged Ugandans to be cautious with the various fraudulent employment schemes.

“The Ministry, working with the Ministry of Internal Affairs continues to work on preventing human trafficking through regional and international cooperation. He emphasized.

It should be remembered that reports surfaced in 2023 indicating that about 23 Ugandan citizens were being tracked Tachileik, Myanmar, after being lured with promises of high-paying jobs. They were subsequently forced into crypto-currency scams and smuggled across borders.

The Government of Uganda, in collaboration with the Uganda High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Office of the Prime Minister, initiated a series of diplomatic engagements with the Government of Myanmar, leading to an agreement to release the Ugandans.

Bagiire also extended his gratitude towards the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for providing crucial support, such as shelter and travel arrangements back to Uganda. He also graciously thanked the Government of Thailand, which generously waived all overstay visa fees and pardoned those rescued repatriates without work permits.

He further outlined that upon the release of the victims, they were sheltered at the Thailand-Myanmar border, with assistance from the Thai government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

“Thai authorities confirmed the victims’ status as trafficking survivors, enabling the repatriation process to commence.” the Permanent Secretary highlighted.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends heartfelt thanks to the Government of Thailand, the IOM, and particularly H.E. President Museveni, for their invaluable support. Special recognition goes to Amb. Dr. Betty Bigombe for her relentless efforts.” PS Bagiire further remarked

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed its dedication to protecting Ugandan citizens abroad and addressing human trafficking with the seriousness it deserves. “With collective effort and unwavering commitment, we can prevent and manage human trafficking, safeguarding our children, youth, and vulnerable populations.” Said the Permanent Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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