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Ugandan sex workers arrested in South Sudan

29 April 2015, 10:31 Godfrey Olukya

Yei, South SUdan - A cross section of Ugandans have expressed concern over reports that about over 40 Ugandan sex workers were arrested in South Sudan's town of Yei Monday night.

The 40 Ugandan women were among 80 sex workers arrested during a police operation to rid the town of prostitutes.

''It is terrible that Uganda is exporting sex workers to South Sudan. We should collectively denounce our women who go to neighboring countries to trade in sex,'' said Simon Baali, the director of an NGO that fights against prostitution called 'Upright woman'.

He called upon the Uganda government to save those women from being imprisoned in South Sudan for them to be brought back for rehabilitation.

Primary school headteacher, Tom Opiliga said that the women go to sell themselves because they lack jobs in their country, and called upon the government to create jobs for them.

Gender ministry official, Darius Mayende said, ''It is unbelievable that our girls have exported their mischief to South Sudan. We should not accept that to take place.''

He said they will contact South Sudan and request for deportation of the arrested sex workers.

''We are fighting against prostitution in Yei. Last night we arrested 80 women in lodges and guest houses in Hai-Jalaba and Dar el salaam areas in Yei town,'' said Yei police commander, Jeremiah Markier.

He added that a good number of those arrested were Ugandan and Congolese women, noting that the operation is aimed at reducing the spread of HIV/AIDs.

Markier said, ''Most  of culprits are Ugandans hailing from the West Nile region, while the rest were Congolese and South Sudanese.''

He said after tests, most the suspects tested HIV positive, warning that they would be arraigned in courts of law.

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