LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Uganda has reportedly repatriated 17 Ethiopian girls rescued from human traffickers in its capital, Kampala.
Spokeswoman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda, Simon Mundeyi, told journalists that officials handed over the girls to Ethiopian immigration officers at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on 12 June.
“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.
The immigration department reports that Uganda has been used as a pathway by human traffickers in recent times.
In a similar occurrence, Ugandan authorities rescued over 40 Burundian girls, and five individuals were arrested for their involvement in human trafficking within the country.