Police in Uganda’s capital Kampala has locked offices of Serengeti International; a recruitment agency found at Emerald Hotel and arrested several of its staff members on allegations of human trafficking.
The agency has been recruiting Ugandans to go and work abroad as office cleaners, hotel cleaners, house keepers, security officers and technicians among others.
Last year, the agency exported over 200 Ugandans to outside countries like Dubai.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Moses Binoga, who is in charge of the country’s Anti-Human Trafficking unit said the company has been recruiting Ugandans and exporting them illegally.
According to him, it was not registered to deal in labour export and therefore has been operating illegally.
He said police was compelled to swoop in following several complaints of human trafficking by some of people said to have been recruited by the company.
Information obtained by this reporter indicate that several people had on Friday June 24, 2016 sat for interviews as hotel cleaners interviews (50 slots) with a promise of a salary equivalent to Shs1.4m with free medication, food, accommodation and transport to work.
Those arrested are currently being detained at Wandegeya Police station.
Last year, Police issued strict rules against human trafficking after several victims cried out for help.