A group of sex workers have joined a consortium of activists to advocate against gender based violence against women and girls in Uganda
Under their umbrella organisation The Alliance of Women to Advocate for Change, they accused male police officers of abusing the sex workers.
Addressing journalists in Kampala on Wednesday, one of the sex workers, Macklean Kyomya said sex work is one of the oldest professions in Uganda.
“One thing we know is that sex work is the oldest profession probably older than even agriculture. It is immoral but the reality is it’s with us. People are into sex work. People are surviving on sex work,”she said.
She said sex workers contribute the national economy just like other workers.
“There is sexual harassment [in sex work]. They rape sex workers of without pay. They also extort money from them,” she narrated.
She noted that though currently prostitution in Uganda is illegal, they are not going to remain silent about the continuous violation of their rights.
Olivia Wabwire ,the commissioner of police said:” We need to protect them further but that will call for more services like feeding them ,giving them fair justice,”
The queen mother of Alur Kingdom Rotzett Keronega Namisi revealed publicly that she is HIV+.
“This is my first time I am going to tell you. I have been living with the virus for the last as long as my youngest son,”she said.