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Young girls duped into sex work in Malaysia and other overseas countries

20 April 2015, 21:41 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The number of women being duped that they are being taken to work overseas but end up being forced into sex work has risen tremendously to the disappointment of Ugandan authorities.

Hundreds of Ugandan women have been victims of this practice and have been turned into prostitutes against their will. Once they get opportunities to communicate with relatives in Uganda, they plead for help especially asking to be returned home.

The coordinator of the anti human trafficking task force at the internal affairs ministry, Moses Binoga said that indeed such cases are on the rise.

He said, ''Many young women are taken by unscrupulous people after being promised juicy jobs but end up being recruited into prostitution. I receive about five reports every week mostly from middle east.''

He said that other countries where Ugandan girls are taken to work as prostitutes include China and Malaysia.

Binoga said that the girls pay a lot of money to their agents thinking they are going for good jobs, but on reaching there their passports are confiscated and they are forced to work as prostitutes to survive and also pay more money to the "agents".

The spokesman of the foreign affairs ministry, Fred Opolot said, ''There are many cases of abuse of Ugandan girls in Malayasia and other countries that have been brought to the attention of the ministry. We are doing all we can to bring them back."

He said that one of the reasons why Uganda opened an embassy in Malaysia recently is to respond to an increase in such cases.

Recently, Uganda's high commission in Kuala Lumpur rescued three girls recruited to work as sex workers in Malaysia and they were flown back last Thursday.

''It was a terrible experience. In one night, I could be made to sleep with three men. The money they paid for the service went to those who took us there and only a little was given to us to  survive on,'' said one of the girls who returned last Thursday and who preferred anonymity.

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