Fifteen AIM Global staffers have been detained for people trafficking.
After raiding a hotel in Masaka City, Ugandan police freed 307 people who had been taken hostage.
Similar to what QNet does in Ghana, con artists at AIM Global used the promise of “juicy jobs” to get young people to fall for their scams.
The victims came from places like Kamuli, Mukono, Wakiso, Kayunga, Bugiri, Namayingi, Kabarole, and others. They were taken to Nyendo and locked up in different lodges there.
There were at least 74 girls, 233 boys, and 17 people who were too young to be adults.
When applicants showed up, they were taken away and locked in a hotel.
Many victims say they went days without food and lived in small spaces because so many people who wanted jobs showed up and were tricked.
Once the kidnapped people were locked up, they were forced to find more people to kidnap.
Another person who fell for the hoax said, “We haven’t had anything to eat since Wednesday. We’re moving with nothing to eat, and we can’t even take a bath because they won’t give us water.
We put 15 people in a small single room to sleep, even though they paid Shs. 150,000 in rent to each of us.
AIM Global is a product-based pyramid scheme that also goes by the names Alliance in Motion Global, Empowered Consumerism, and OrbiXVictus.
When new people join, they are forced to buy products, which give their uplines commissions. To make up for their losses, the new recruits have to find new victims.
The Monitor says that they talked to local victims of AIM Global;
“We make a living by getting other people to join the business, and if you fail to do that, you have to feed yourself,” Simon Wakyereza, a 22-year-old from Bugiri District, said.
Wakyereza says that his mother had to sell a goat, iron sheets, and get a loan from the village Sacco so she could get all the money the company wanted.
Reagan Mulindwa did not defend AIM Global’s illegal business model and the trafficking of people (right).
One of the employees of Aim Global Uganda said that all of the victims had agreed to the company’s terms and conditions.
“We are not making anyone stay here against their will. Everyone did what we told them to do, but it surprises us to hear them talk badly about our company, Mr. Mulindwa said.
The nine AIM Global scammers who have been caught have been charged with human trafficking, fraud, and pretending to be someone else.
Mulindwa was not the only person arrested. Bazibu Michael, Aisha Namayanja, Kwagala Reagan, and Namugerwa Aisha were also named by NilePost.
Alliance in Motion is run by Eduardo Cabantog, who is based in the Philippines (right).
Even though the problem has been around since 2009, the Philippine government hasn’t done anything about it yet.
SimilarWeb says that the Philippines (69%), Cameroon (9%), and Nigeria (8%) are the top three countries that send people to AIM Global’s website.
Cameroon and Nigeria are signs that AIM Global is not only still scamming people in the Philippines but is also now spreading across Africa.