Uganda Faces Prostitution Explosion


approved geneva;”>Prostitution is the business or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment.

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The survey report released recently by the UYDEL, a nongovernmental organization commissioned by the government indicates that many young girls below the age of 18 have been forced into prostitution by ambitious businessmen.

These people travel to the various rural areas around the country under the guise of getting nice jobs for these children in the city, and bring them to town to force them into prostitution.

In the process of sleeping with mature men to get money, most of these girls end up acquiring HIV AIDS which has greatly increased among the youth.

Pastor Simeon Kayiwa of Kayiwa International Ministries blames this to irresponsible parents and poverty among families in rural areas.

“Parents in rural areas do not want to take their children to learning institutions and when these people approach them, they ignorantly hand their children over to them,” he says.

He attributes the lack of religion in homes to causes of increase in prostitution than it was in the past where children could grow up fearing God fearing.

Pastor Kayiwa urges parents to be careful about their children and avoid giving them to strangers.

In April this year, the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development also warned all those people involved in trafficking children from various districts and bring them to Kampala to be to force them to work as street children or prostitutes.

In the same month at the launch of the Tumaini Awards at Media Centre in Kampala, the Assistant Commissioner for Children, James Kaboggoza Ssembatya, said many business men and women from Karamoja have turned trafficking of children into a business venture.

“However, once these traffickers are identified, they will be charged according to the “Trafficking Persons” law which was recently enacted,” he said.

According to the Office of the Prime Minister, the government is strategizing to get children off the streets of Kampala and take them back to their home areas and ensure that they are not brought back.

This year’s theme of the Tumaini awards is “Eliminating harmful social and cultural practices affecting children: our collective responsibility.”


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