The Rwandan police have sent twelve Burundian women back home after it was revealed that they were on their way to Arab countries as victims of human trafficking.
Burundian police confirmed on Friday in Bujumbura that nine of the women were brought back home via Akanyaru border post in Ngozi province, while the other three used the Ruhwa border post in Cibitoke province.
Burundian Police Spokesman, Pierre Nkurikiye, disclosed that one of the human traffickers who was taking them to Arab countries was arrested along with the women.
“Two of four Burundian women who were already in Oman as a result of human trafficking were brought back home early in August.
“The Burundian foreign affairs ministry and the Burundian national police are doing their best to repatriate the two remaining women who have been crying for help,’’ he said.
Nkurikiye said that human trafficking is a serious issue, and by mid June, the police arrested seven persons over human trafficking accusations and identified 11 companies involved in human trafficking in the country.
“The arrested persons included three Burundians and four Kenyans.
“Four of the 11 companies or organisations involved in human trafficking are based in Burundi, while the other four companies are based in Saudi Arabia and two others are based in Oman while the 11th one is based in Kenya,’’ he said.
Nkurikiye said that the four Burundian companies had been collaborating with the remaining seven foreign companies in the human trafficking business.
He said that since mid April this year, at least 280 persons, most of them girls, were victims of human trafficking.
The spokesman said there are possibilities that the girls involved indulge in commercial sex when they arrive at their destinations.