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Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

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Uganda

Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper, cobalt, gold, and other minerals. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force. Coffee accounts for the bulk of export revenues. Since 1986, the government - with the support of foreign countries and international agencies - has acted to rehabilitate and stabilize the economy by undertaking currency reform, raising producer prices on export crops, increasing prices of petroleum products, and improving civil service wages.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Uganda

Uganda is a source and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and sexual exploitation. Ugandan children are trafficked within the country for forced labor in the fishing, agricultural, and domestic service sectors, as well as for commercial sexual exploitation; they are also trafficked to other East African and European countries for the same purposes. Karamojong women and children are sold as slaves in cattle markets or by intermediaries and are subsequently forced into domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, cattle herding, and begging.

Human trafficking of Ugandan children for the forcible removal of body parts reportedly is widespread; so-called witchdoctors seek various body parts of live victims for traditional medical concoctions commonly purchased to heal illness, foster economic advancement, or hurt enemies. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009  [full country report]

 

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Uganda: Increased Insecurity in Karamoja

James Karuhanga, Senior Researcher, Great Lakes Centre for Strategic Studies GLCSS, 13 November 2006

www.bloggernews.net/12015

[accessed 2 January 2011]

The harsh weather and climatic limitations make livestock maintenance difficult both to the Karamojong and the neighboring tribes. They have to walk long distances, disregarding national boundaries, with their animals in search of pasture for grazing and water. This search for water and pasture has resulted in tribal fights and a culture of cattle rustling coupled with the Karimojong’s natural belief that all livestock around them belongs to them, which heightens the inter-tribal clashes.

This is enforced by the fact that cattle are used as a “bride price” and the raids are a symbol of strength and manhood in the tradition of the community. In addition, there are continual reports of Karimojong children sold at weekly cattle markets in Kotido, Moroto and Nakapiripirit districts.

The alarming report reveals that child abuse is on the increase in the sub-region as desperate Karimojong parents sell their children, especially girls, to raise money to maintain the remaining members of their families.

Police issues measures to fight child sacrifice

Josephine Maseruka, The New Vision, 6 January 2009

www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/667107

[accessed 2 January 2011]

A counter-trafficking unit has been created to curb child sacrifice and human trafficking, he said.

Kayihura’s briefing came amid reports of increasing cases of ritual murders, with children as the main victims.

Kayihura noted that of the 18 suspected ritual murder cases reported to the Police last year, 15 had been conclusively investigated and the suspects committed to the High Court.   He observed that most ritual murders were committed by either parents or relatives of the victims, adding that in the 15 cases, the suspects confessed.

The state minister for internal affairs, Matia Kasaija, regretted that there was a 600% increase in ritual murder, from the three reported in 2007, up to 18 cases last year.   Kasaija noted that the problem was compounded by the increase in other crimes affecting children like kidnapping, abduction and child stealing.

 

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The Department of Labor’s 2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2005

www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2004/uganda.htm

[accessed 2 January 2011]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Uganda is considered to be a source country for trafficking of persons.  There is evidence of children being abducted and trafficked across the border to Southern Sudan by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).  The government also acknowledges that internal trafficking of children for labor and commercial sexual exploitation occurs, particularly in border towns and in Kampala.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61598.htm

[accessed 2 January 2011]

CHILDREN - According to UNICEF estimates, the LRA has abducted approximately 12 thousand children since 2002, and continued to abduct children during the year. The LRA forced children into virtual slavery as laborers, soldiers, guards, and sex slaves. In addition to being beaten, raped, and forced to march until exhausted, abducted children were forced to participate in the killing of other children who attempted to escape. More than 85 percent of LRA captives were made up of children whom the LRA abducted and forced to fight as rebels; most LRA rebels were between the ages of 11 and 16.

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – In addition to trafficking related to LRA abductions, adults and children were trafficked internally for labor, commercial sexual exploitation, and criminal activities. Trafficking in persons primarily occurred internally: the LRA abducted children to be soldiers, sex slaves, and porters. Freelance operators, including taxi drivers and hotel/bar operators, conducted the commercial sex trafficking.

Victims of internal trafficking were subjected to hazardous working conditions, and commercial sex victims were subjected to physical abuse and the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Victims of commercial sex trafficking in urban centers often came from small rural villages.

Diverse Human Trafficking Trends in East African Region Highlights Urgent Need for Greater Protection

International Organization for Migration IOM, 12-10-2010

www.iom.int/cms/en/sites/iom/home/news-and-views/press-briefing-notes/pbn-2010/pbn-listing/diverse-human-trafficking-trends-in-east.html

[accessed 20 June 2013]

In Tanzania, IOM found evidence of child trafficking from Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda for sexual exploitation, fishing, domestic servitude and agricultural labour.

Adult victims were identified in the domestic sector, as well as the mining, agricultural and hospitality industries.

The IOM assessment established that Ugandan children are trafficked to all the countries in the region with Uganda also a destination for trafficked victims from Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. In addition, instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was found to be fuelling the influx of trafficked children to Uganda. Victims are usually transported by road using buses, lorries and trucks. Adult victims originate from DRC, Kenya and Rwanda in the domestic, agriculture, fishing and sex industries.

Police issues measures to fight child sacrifice

Josephine Maseruka, The New Vision, 6 January 2009

www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/667107

[accessed 2 January 2011]

A counter-trafficking unit has been created to curb child sacrifice and human trafficking, he said.

Kayihura’s briefing came amid reports of increasing cases of ritual murders, with children as the main victims.

Kayihura noted that of the 18 suspected ritual murder cases reported to the Police last year, 15 had been conclusively investigated and the suspects committed to the High Court.   He observed that most ritual murders were committed by either parents or relatives of the victims, adding that in the 15 cases, the suspects confessed.

The state minister for internal affairs, Matia Kasaija, regretted that there was a 600% increase in ritual murder, from the three reported in 2007, up to 18 cases last year.   Kasaija noted that the problem was compounded by the increase in other crimes affecting children like kidnapping, abduction and child stealing.

Police must probe human trafficking

The New Vision, 11 April 2008

www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/14/621809

[accessed 2 January 2011]

The Uganda Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Labour are handling cases involving allegations that some people smuggle Indians from India and Pakistan into the country.  They confiscate their passports and give them jobs where a big percentage of their wages is taken to recover the costs of bringing them here.  After working for some time and accumulating salary arrears, when they start demanding their wages, the employers get them deported for illegal immigration. This is a modern version of slave trade, which has been reported in many countries.

Uganda: Child Neglect Tops Rights Abuses

Joyce Namutebi, The New Vision, Kampala,  20 September 2007

www.afrika.no/Detailed/15014.html

[accessed 2 January 2011]

In its 145-page report, the commission was concerned that child sacrifice, child trafficking, child labour, abduction, child soldiering, defilement, child prostitution and abuse were persisting in Uganda.  "Police reports reveal that there were 185 victims of combined cases of child abduction, kidnap, disappearance, trafficking and sacrifice alone during the period between January and September 2006," the report said. Most of the children trafficked internally were from Buganda region, accounting for 36%, followed by Acholi (18%) and Ankole (8%).

Uganda: Forced Onto the Streets to Please the Men

Katarzyna Heath, The New Vision, Kampala, 9 September 2007

This article has been archived by World Street Children News and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 12 September 2011]

Most of them flee their homes due to abuse and neglect, their heads filled with warped views of urban existence. In reality, these dreams are not fulfilled and the end result is there are children working and sleeping on the streets, fending for themselves in unsafe conditions.

The children are exposed to many dangers. Many become part of child trafficking. They are persuaded under false pretences by elders or family 'acquaintances' that they are moving to new places with better opportunities.  Instead, they are trapped in a world of exploitation, which exposes them to anything from child prostitution to human sacrifices.

Uganda: Increased Insecurity in Karamoja

James Karuhanga, Senior Researcher, Great Lakes Centre for Strategic Studies GLCSS, 13 November 2006

www.bloggernews.net/12015

[accessed 2 January 2011]

The harsh weather and climatic limitations make livestock maintenance difficult both to the Karamojong and the neighboring tribes. They have to walk long distances, disregarding national boundaries, with their animals in search of pasture for grazing and water. This search for water and pasture has resulted in tribal fights and a culture of cattle rustling coupled with the Karimojong’s natural belief that all livestock around them belongs to them, which heightens the inter-tribal clashes.

This is enforced by the fact that cattle are used as a “bride price” and the raids are a symbol of strength and manhood in the tradition of the community. In addition, there are continual reports of Karimojong children sold at weekly cattle markets in Kotido, Moroto and Nakapiripirit districts.

The alarming report reveals that child abuse is on the increase in the sub-region as desperate Karimojong parents sell their children, especially girls, to raise money to maintain the remaining members of their families.

Migration body to monitor human trafficking impact

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"Many girls are taken from Iringa and brought to major cities to work as housegirls but they end up being subjected to prostitution and other works which they did not expect, this is internal trafficking," she said.

Many young boys, she said, are taken to work in the mining companies, something which not only denies their rights but also are psychosocially affected.

A Hero in Hell. Former Drug Dealer Frees Abducted Child Soldiers in Sudan and Uganda

Maria Sliwa, Assist News Service ANS, Nimule, South Sudan, October 5, 2005

ithinkimafundamentalist.blogspot.com/2005/10/this-guy-is-just-asking-to-have-movie.html

[accessed 2 January 2011]

In March of this year, a band of these small predators attacked a group of women who were collecting firewood near the border of Southern Sudan: just a few miles from Sam’s orphanage. The juvenile attackers managed to effortlessly hack off the lips and ears of seven of the victims and abduct several others.

The children of the LRA perform these acts at the bidding of their adult counterparts and make up about 80 percent of the rebel group, according to the United Nations. The LRA has kidnapped more than 20,000 children since 1988 and today its captives constitute the largest army of child soldiers in Africa.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 5   Civil Liberties: 4   Status: Partly Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/uganda

[accessed 28 June 2012]

Human Rights Overview

Human Rights Watch

www.hrw.org/africa/uganda

[accessed 2 January 2011]

U.S. Library of Congress - Country Study

Library of Congress Call Number DT433.222 .U35 1992

lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ugtoc.html

[accessed 2 January 2011]

Uganda's forgotten war

Save the Children Denmark, 2003

www.boernpaaflugt.dk/Library/Annual_Reports/2003/The_Children_of_the_World/Uganda.aspx

[accessed 2 January 2011]

Has the world forgotten about us? That is the question raised by children in northern Uganda. At

least 20,000 children have been kidnapped and forced into being child soldiers in one of the most brutal rebel armies in the world.

Jennifer Achoro was twelve years old and on her way to school when she was kidnapped. "I had just put on my school uniform and was about to eat breakfast, when some men from the rebel army came and asked my mother whether we had a radio. When she said ‘No,' they forced their way into our hut and forced me along with them."

Ex-child soldier's path to hope

Laura Smith-Spark, BBC News Online, 25 May 2004

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3733349.stm

[accessed 2 January 2011]

Ms Keitetsi says she was enlisted into Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army in Uganda at the age of eight in the1980s.  She was given her first Uzi aged nine - and became a killer.  Gesturing with what was her trigger finger, she says: "When I was a kid with a gun I felt big, I felt powerful.  "With a gun you just needed to open the safety, cock the gun, use this finger and they are dead.

Child, slave, soldier

Testimony provided by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, New Internationalist 337, August 2001

www.newint.org/features/2001/08/05/soldier/

[accessed 2 January 2011]

HERE IS THE TESTIMONY OF ONE UGANDAN CHILD SOLDIER - I heard later that two boys from my home were captured and beaten because I had escaped. One of the boys was stabbed in the hand and asked to bring the rebels to my parents’ home. They beat my mother and brother with clubs and axes until they died. They threatened that they’ll kill more people if I don’t come back. This was told me by a boy who lived near my home. He told me it was my fault my mother and brother had been killed.’

ICC: Investigate All Sides in Uganda

Human Rights Watch, February 4, 2004

www.hrw.org/en/news/2004/02/04/icc-investigate-all-sides-uganda

[accessed 2 January 2011]

The ICC prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, announced in London on January 29 that he would begin an ICC investigation into crimes committed in Uganda.

According to Human Rights Watch research, the LRA has committed widespread abuses against civilians in Uganda, including child abductions, summary executions, torture, rape and sexual assault, forced labor, and mutilation. Recently, LRA abductions have reached record levels, with an estimated 10,000 children abducted since mid-2002 and forced to fight, kill civilians, and abduct other children. Children who fail to comply with orders are murdered, often by other children who are forced to kill them.

HRW Report - Child Soldier Use 2003

Human Rights Watch, Briefing for the 4th UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, 2004

www.hrw.org/reports/2004/childsoldiers0104/18.htm

[accessed 2 January 2011]

DEMOBILIZATION AND CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAMS - Children “rescued” from the LRA by the UPDF were kept in military confinement, sometimes for protracted periods, to gather intelligence before being transferred to the Child Protection Unit, and then to rehabilitation programs operated by NGOs including World Vision and the Gulu Save Our Children Organization (GUSCO).285 The 120 recruits identified at the Lugore training camp were demobilized and were taking part in counselling and reintegration programs. In response to the influx of “night commuters”, child protection agencies and church groups established programs to feed and shelter these children.

Ugandan child soldier activist wins Anti-Slavery Award

Anti-Slavery International, 1 December 2000

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 12 September 2011]

George Omona, Project Co-ordinator of the Gulu Support the Children Organisation (GUSCO), will receive the 2000 Anti-Slavery Award from the UK human rights organisation, Anti-Slavery International, on 7 December at Waterstones Bookshop.  Trevor Phillips OBE, Chair of the Greater London Assembly, will present the award to George Omona for his outstanding work with children affected by armed conflict.

Child Labour Persists Around The World: More Than 13 Percent Of Children 10-14 Are Employed

International Labour Organisation (ILO) News, Geneva, 10 June 1996

www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/press-and-media-centre/news/WCMS_008058/lang--en/index.htm

[accessed 9 September 2011]

"Today's child worker will be tomorrow's uneducated and untrained adult, forever trapped in grinding poverty. No effort should be spared to break that vicious circle", says ILO Director-General Michel Hansenne.

Among the countries with a high percentage of their children from 10-14 years in the work force are: Mali, 54.5 percent; Burkina Faso, 51; Niger and Uganda, both 45; Kenya, 41.3; Senegal, 31.4; Bangladesh, 30.1; Nigeria, 25.8; Haiti, 25; Turkey, 24; Côte d'Ivoire, 20.5; Pakistan, 17.7; Brazil, 16.1; India, 14.4; China, 11.6; and Egypt, 11.2.

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