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Uganda: 17 Girls Rescued From Human Trafficking, Return Home

  • 17 Ethiopian Girls Rescued From Human Trafficking at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Jun. 13, 2023.

    17 Ethiopian Girls Rescued From Human Trafficking at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Jun. 13, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/@DCICUg

Published 13 June 2023
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"They were removed from the country legally and were accompanied by our immigration officers..."

On Monday, an immigration spokesman said that Uganda has repatriated 17 Ethiopian girls rescued from human trafficking in the capital, Kampala.

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According to Simon Mundi, spokesman for the Ugandan Ministry of the International Affairs, Ugandan authorities handed over the girls at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to Ethiopian immigration officials.

"They were removed from the country legally and were accompanied by our immigration officers. Human trafficking is a transnational crime that we invite everyone to fight," Mundeyi said at the weekly security press briefing on Monday.

Mundeyi also said that the girls, whose names were withheld, were rescued on June 10 by the Immigration Legal and Inspection Service Department staff and have arrived their home soon after.

According to official data from the immigration department, in recent years, Uganda has been used as a transit route by human traffickers.

According to records, in April 2021, Ugandan officials rescued more than 40 Burundian girls and arrested five suspects involved in human trafficking in the country.

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