Uganda MPs seek input from civil society to strengthen legislation on human trafficking and forced labour

Following the first reading of the Anti-Slavery Bill 2018 in the Ugandan Parliament in January 2019, the movers of the bill are seeking input from civil society groups to ensure the legislation meets the challenges Uganda faces with regards to modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that there are around 40 million victims of modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour worldwide. In Uganda that number is estimated to be over 300,000 with particular challenges related to forced labour in agriculture, services and industry as well as trafficking victims outside Uganda for the purpose of exploitation.

The Anti-Slavery Bill 2018 seeks to consolidate current legislation related to modern slavery, human trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour as well as to provide added protection for victims.

The Multi-stakeholder Consultation Workshop, which took place in Kampala from 13-16 May 2019, was an opportunity to bring together key actors in the fight against modern slavery, including law enforcement, government agencies, NGOs and civil society to review and strengthen the legislation. 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), which has worked closely with the parliamentarians and officials, supported the workshop sending a delegation that included leading anti-slavery lawyer and winner of the Trafficking in Persons Heroes Award, Parosha Chandran.

Read about the Workshop in the local press below:

'Walk the talk in fight against human trafficking, Kadaga urges govt'. PML Daily

'Implement laws on human trafficking, Kadaga tells govt', Daily Monitor



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