There is over 48 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in history. In Uganda more than 800 people are trafficked annually and the country is categorized under tier 2 and is the source, transit and a destination country for women, men and children subjected to forced labor, sex trafficking and human sacrifice.
Children who are as young as 7years, women and young people are exploited in forced labor with in agriculture, fishery, cattle herding, mining, stone quarrying brick making, street begging and vending, car washing, scrap and metal collection, bars and domestic sector service.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs report of 2014, children are also trafficked for future terrorist activism related to radicalization of Islamic faith.
The intended destinations of transnational trafficked victims include and are not limited to these; Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Sudan. The internal destinations include Kampala, Mukono, Jinja, Hoima, Mbale, and Nakaseke.
Considering the situation in Uganda, the government has demonstrated some progress in anti- human trafficking efforts. In 2009 the parliament passed an anti-trafficking law through Article 129 of its criminal code which prohibits all trafficking in persons, creations of offences, prosecution, punishment of offenders’ prevention and protection from human trafficking