AIM Global scammers arrested in Uganda for taking hostages
Fifteen AIM Global sammers have been arrested for human trafficking.
Following a raid on a hotel in Masaka City, Ugandan authorities rescued 307 hostage victims.
Similar to what QNet gets up to Ghana, AIM Global scammers lured young victims on the promise of “juicy jobs”.
The victims were mobilized from districts of Kamuli, Mukono, Wakiso, Kayunga, Bugiri, Namayingi, Kabarole, among others and were confined in different lodges in Nyendo.
At least 74 were girls, 233 boys and 17 of them were under age– below 18 years.
Upon showing up, applicants were kidnapped and locked in a hotel.
Many victims claim they had spent days without food, living in cramped accommodation because of the high number of hopeful job applicants turned up and were duped.
Once imprisoned, the kidnapped victims were then forced to work recruiting new victims.
Another victim of the hoax said, “Since Wednesday we have never (sic) got anything to eat. We are moving with empty stomachs, even bathing is hard because they do not give us water.
When it comes to sleeping, we sleep 15 people in a small single room though they obtained Shs.150,000 for rent from each of us.”
New recruits sign up and are forced to purchase products, which generates commissions for their uplines. The new recruits then have to recruit new victims to recoup their losses.
Speaking to local victims of AIM Global, Monitor reports;
“We survive on recruiting others to join the business and if one fails to recruit, you are asked to cater for your own meals,” Simon Wakyereza, 22 , a resident of Bugiri District said.
According to Wakyereza, his mother was forced to sell a goat, iron sheets and also secure a loan from the village Sacco so that she could raise all the money demanded by the company.
Rather than defend AIM Global’s illegal business model and human trafficking of victims, Reagan Mulindwa (right),
one of the agents of the Aim Global Uganda, said that all the victims agreed to terms and conditions given to them by the company.
“We are not forcing anyone to stay here, everyone accepted what we told them but we are surprised to hear them speaking ill of our company,” Mr Mulindwa said.
The nine arrested AIM Global scammers have been charged with human trafficking, fraud and impersonation.
In addition to Mulindwa, NilePost names others arrested as Bazibu Micheal [sic], Aisha Namayanja, Kwagala Reagan and Namugerwa Aisha
Alliance in Motion is operated from the Philippines by Eduardo Cabantog (right).
Despite being around since 2009, Philippine authorities to date have failed to take action.
SimilarWeb currently tracks top sources of traffic to AIM Global’s website as the Philippines (69%), Cameroon (9%) and Nigeria (8%).
Cameroon and Nigeria suggests, in addition to continuing to scam Philippine residents, AIM Global is now spreading across Africa.