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Govt suspends 15 Ugandan labour recruitment firms over human trafficking, forgery

At least 15 companies have had their licences terminated over forged documents, extortion and human trafficking offences (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA —Government through ministries of Internal Affairs and Gender, Labour and Social Development has on Friday, December 24 announced the suspension of 15 external labour recruitment agencies, citing forgeries and other abuses such as trafficking, extortion and forgery.

Some companies had their licences terminated over forged documents, and forging Covid-19 PCR tests while others were suspended for illegally charging prospective recruits without securing jobs for them.

Others were punished for engaging in trafficking and other offences including presenting fake job orders to the regulator.

Middle East Consultants Ltd, The Eagles Supervision Ltd had accumulated claims of refund/extortion while Al-Saud Agency Ltd, Fly International Jobs (U) Ltd and Top Notch Recruitment Services Ltd have been punished for forging renewal documents.

Al-Saud Agency Ltd and Top Notch Recruitment Services Ltd were previously suspended for submitting forged tax clearance certificates.

On the other hand, Forbes Enterprises Limited has had its contract terminated for engaging in gross human trafficking and forgery while Al sultaan Recruitment Company Ltd has had its contract canceled for forging Covid-19 PCR test certificates and its staff involvement in human trafficking.

Golden Star Recruitment Agencies Ltd was sanctioned for presenting fake clearance documents at the Airport.

Hala Uganda Rec Limited, Perla Recruitment Agency Ltd. Pearl of Makka International Ltd, Nile Treasure Gate Company Al-Madinah Agency Limited, Cornell Recruitment Center Ugenda Limited and Tempcro International Limited all had their contracts terminated for forging training reports.

A top official in the Labour directorate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that although only 15 companies have faced the knife many are under close supervision and an additional list would be released soon.

The sources said government is closely monitoring all companies.

This website understands that majority of these companies are owned by either people who are highly connected, or are directly in charge of many entities in the country and they sometimes get away with abuses.

In January 2019, insiders hacked into the ministry’s external recruitment information management system and made away with sensitive documents.

According to the source, a number of companies were implicated in colluding with the insiders and that in the process many girls were trafficked and shipped out of the country.

However, the source didn’t verify whether the suspended companies benefited from the trafficking or not.

Several reports also indicate that connection extends to Entebbe airport where the recruitment agencies collude with airport staff and immigration officials to traffic the girls out of the country.

The suspension means that terminated companies aren’t allowed to engage in any business unless they are cleared.

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