By Our Reporter
A 18 year old boy and resident of Katosi village, Kisoga sub county in Mukono district has been arrested by police on allegations of luring female job seekers in fake Job adverts and eventually raping them.
According to Police Spokesperson, SCP Fred Enanga, Lubega Ashraf’s 40 days elapsed after he on the 11.03.2023, interviewed a 24-year-old midwife from Kireka in Kampala district and invited her to Ntunda village, Ntunda Parish in Mukono district, where he turned against her in a busy area and raped her.
“He was however, tracked down by the Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad teams and arrested,” Enanga said a press statement dated 3rd April 2023.
Enanga says Lubega created a fake identity in Face book, which he used for luring female job seekers. He would thereafter, rape the victims.
“The suspect, created an online Medical job page, called Medical Scrub Uganda, where he called himself Dr. Ronnie, and lured female applicants or job seekers, who are in need of the jobs,” added Enanga.
The suspect who had no permanent place of abode, mainly operated in the areas of Mukono and Kayunga where he executed his acts of sexual violence.
“After luring the female victims on Facebook, he would briefly interview them and thereafter schedule or meeting to discuss the terms and conditions,” Enanga explains.
He added that during interrogation, the suspect admitted to having lured, robbed and raped many unsuspecting members of the public, with medical backgrounds, as a result of the Facebook page scam.
“We would like to warn young girls and females to be extra cautious, when transacting business or searching for jobs on digital or social media platforms. Job seekers are particularly vulnerable to online job scammers, who create websites,” Enanga warns.
Enaga says it is, important to research the employer online, before applying for a job, avoid lone meetings with strangers, never send money to anyone you meet online.
“It is also crucial to confirm the employer identity with an in-person interview or a video call. Once again, we urge job seekers NOT to accept a job solely through email, over the phone or via a chat app,” says Enanga.