Prostitution in Uganda

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Prostitution in Uganda is illegal in Uganda, but prostitutes operate freely in Kampala city centre.[1][2] In 2003, Ugandan authorities ordered sex workers to pay a tax of 9,000 (£2.63) Ugandan shilling in order to operate in Malaba.[3] Also in 2003 Ugandan MPs met sex workers who were concerned about "police harassment" and claiming that it was unfair that police officers were arresting sex workers while they waited for clients.[4] A study of teachers in Kampala showed that teachers were turning to prostitution to increase their income, a sex worker can earn around 1.5 million Ugandan shillings (£439) per month, whereas this would be a yearly wage for a secondary school teacher.[5][6]


  1. ^ Ray, Audacia (2010-12-15). "It is not just violent clients who hurt sex workers". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  2. ^ Uganda sets up red-light district. BBC News (2007-11-16). Retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  3. ^ Odeke, Abraham. (2003-07-22) Tax for Uganda sex workers. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  4. ^ Uganda MPs to meet sex workers. BBC News (2003-06-25). Retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  5. ^ Uganda: Teachers Turn to Prostitution
  6. ^ La explotación sexual de menores en Kenia alcanza una dimensión horrible - UNICEF España. (2007-01-17). Retrieved on 2011-06-04.

Lady Mermaid's Bureau was the first organizing group of sex workers. The organization was founded in 2002 and operated as a community based organization and up to the year 2008 had executed very promising and interesting projects. The group started a campaign that aimed to meet with the Parliament of Uganda in June 2003 and in February 2004 the Bureau founding team were hosted at the parliament of Uganda to explain their grievances. since then the organization has been at the peak of working to alleviate abuse among sex workers communities and promoting their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services.