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Sex workers want compensation from government

21 March 2015, 09:38 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Sex workers from Bwaise, a suburb of Kampala, have requested the government to compensate them so they can stop their trade and get involved in other income generating activities.

While meeting Friday at Bwaise, 5 kms from city centre, they said that recently the minister of state for ethics and integrity, Father Simon Lokodo instructed police to arrest them with an aim of ending the trade, something they said is currently impossible.

One of their leaders, Salume Aketch said, ''Our trade is as old as the world. Even in the Bible it is mentioned. So unless the government pays us, we will continue doing it.''

Aketch condemned policemen for arresting them at night and forcing some of them into sex.

She said, ''When they arrest us, they grab our money. Some of them force us to havesex with them yet they do not pay for the service.''

Recently, Father Lokodo vowed to arrest all sex workers in the country and instructed police to mount operations to get rid of prostitutes.

So far, over 200 sex workers have been arrested by police in various parts of the country.

Due to unemployment in the country, many women and young girls, some as young as 12 years get involved in prostitution in order to make ends meet,.

For as much as UGX 3 000 (equivalent to 1 US dollar), one can get services of a sex worker in Kampala.

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