sex work

sex work

Young Ugandan sex workers make a new start. Part 1

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Part 2 is published on Wednesday 29 June at 10:00 UTC. 54,000 girls under 18 are forced into sex work in Uganda. In this film we meet Jacqueline who describes how she had to do sex work in the evenings to pay for her schooling. Lured by false promises of education and good jobs, many girls are trafficked to Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. Others are escaping poverty, sexual abuse or child marriage. We also met Aisha who describes how she thought she was coming to Kampala to study and work in a bar, but was denied food until she did sex work. The girls are in Plan International's programme to empower vulnerable girls in the Kampala slums. The project trains girls and young women aged 13 – 24 who are sexually exploited and engaged in sex work. They are trained in skills ranging from business management and entrepreneurship to life skills and awareness of their rights to enable them earn alternative livelihoods. They also gain access to sexual reproductive health information and services including HIV/AIDS. This is one of five short films exploring the impact of the project in supporting these young girls to start a new life for themselves and their children. Watch Part 2 to find out more about the girls and how they eventually escape sex work. To learn more about Plan International's work to promote girls' economic rights and help them to thrive, see https://plan-international.org/girls-and-work