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Sex workers want to start paying taxes

19 May 2015, 22:13 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Sex workers in Katanga slum, located near Makerere university, are requesting the government to provide them with licenses so they can start operating legally.

They claim that they are ready to pay taxes to Uganda Revenue Authority so long as they are recognized and police stop arresting them.

One of their leaders, Shanita Nakalanzi said, ''We looked for employment in vain. Some of us are fairly educated with a few of us being graduates. We resolved to sell our bodies because that is the last resort we had.''

She said that since there is a willing seller and a willing buyer, they should not be harassed by police.

She added that there are thousands of sex workers in the country and if each paid tax to the government, it would get a lot of money which can be used to improve on roads, health and education sectors.

The sex workers claim that when the policemen arrest them at night, they take away all the money they had earned from selling themselves.

''Some of them force us into sex. They are very corrupt. I wonder why Museveni has failed to tame the police like he done in the army,'' said one of the sex workers only identified as Kawomera.

But area police commander, Luis Kamugisha has insisted that they will arrest all sex workers in the area because prostitution is illegal in Uganda.

A boda boda operator in that place, Edward Kakeeto supported the sex workers' demand.

He said, ''I support them because they are there for us. Many of us no longer have permanent girlfriends because they are expensive to maintain. When we want sex, we buy sex workers cheaply. At only KES 5 000, I can get one to solve my sex problems."

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