Prostitution allover the world has taken another level and when it comes to our poor countries mostly in Africa, it worsens. Recently, Police in Kenya arrested over 10 school girls aged between 12 to 15 after finding them engaging in a sex orgy. This is more worrying for young girls of such ages to start these immoral issues.
Reports reveal that when it’s time for holidays, the number of sex-workers on the streets in most urban centers increases. Many of us have ever come across a joke that House wives should always get worried when schools go into holidays. It is believed that these young and flesh girls snatch their husbands during these times, only to be seen again by their official wives when the schools opens up again.
The school girls that mainly engage in commercial sex are those coming from the average sections of Kampala such as Bwaise, Kibuye, Nakulabye, Makindye among others as well as average urban centers country wide like Mbale, Jinja, Masaka, Fort Portal, Mbarara e.t.c.
According to an old hooker we found along the Speke Road – Kampala street, when schools get closed, they are scared stiff of tight competition from young primary and secondary school girls. In Kabalagala and Makindye, for instance, girls aged between 14 and 22 years prowl the pubs at night. In Nateete and Namungoona, they approach men in broad daylight and offer ‘services’ for a fee without batting an eyelid.
Ugandan Buzz managed to speak to some of these girls and here is some of the bitter truth that we discovered.
Amanda (not real names), a senior one pupil has been a prostitute for the past one year in Jinja and the surrounding areas. Being a daughter of a sex worker, she says that she slid into the trade because her mum would bring clients to the house in broad day light.
“I have been raised by a single mum who has been in this industry for a decade. I used to hear her communicate with men on phone, saying ‘let us here or there.. ” Amanda narrated to our reporter.
Out of curiosity, she visited the place and found a parade of women waiting for men and learning that her mother made cash from men, the temptation to join the party was intense and that’s how she got in.
Annette is another form one student who claims she has been in the industry for the past two and half years. She says that selling her forbidden treasures is what earns her pocket money and cash for school shopping during holidays. She is proud of her job since she it is quick paying.
She ventured into the trade through a friend who introduced her to internet dating sites and after dealing with internet men for six months, she decided to venture into it fully. She finds her customers on the busy streets of Kampala renowned for this kind of trade.
Pearl is a senior three student in Mbale and was lured into the business when both her parents died. Her maternal aunt volunteered to be her guardian, only to turn around after two years and say she needed to start hustling for her basic needs. Unlike the first two, Pearl is never proud of her job as she narrated all this while sobbing. Her story is no different from Cathy’s. The senior five student in kawempe became a prostitute after her parents threw her out when she became pregnant, and left her to fend for herself and pay her school fees.
When she had taken her newly born child to the clinic in the morning, her parents shifted from the place, leaving only her belongings in the vacated house. She had to seek refuge from a neighbor as she figured out how to survive. Then it dawned on her that
prostitution was the only way out. She commenced business, charging men between Sh 4000 and 7000 for her services and that is how she has been paying her school fees and rent since.
School girl or child prostitution is not only in urban centers but also real among school-going girls in informal settlements because of poverty and failure by some parents to provide for their children.
Most of these are between Primary Seven and Form Five. Many are forced into commercial sex to meet their basic needs while others join deliberately.
Reasons for this trend
The reason for this new trend of prostitution arises right from poor parenting to social media, influence of peer pressure and socialites who live good lives but cannot show what they really do to earn a living.
These young girls (socialites) that seem to have enviable lifestyles dress expensively, drive big cars, dine in nice hotels and live in nice houses, influencing young girls to engage in commercial sex because it appears like a means of making a quick shilling without sweating for it.
Lets join hands and fight such kinds of trade in our young generations.