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MP Masiko warns on sex slavery

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th June 2009 03:00 AM

Rukungiri Woman MP Winifred Masiko has decried the rampant sex slavery and asked women activists to fight it

Rukungiri Woman MP Winifred Masiko has decried the rampant sex slavery and asked women activists to fight it, reports Caleb Bahikaho.

“Sex slavery started in Kampala and has spread to other parts of the country. Some people have even started exporting the sex workers to other countries,” Masiko said.

Masiko was speaking at a workshop organised by Action for Development, an NGO, on empowering local council women leaders during the era of multiparty politics at Hotel Riverside in Rukungiri district. “We should not concentrate on politics only when a girl child is suffering as a sex slave. It is absurd to hear that most of the people who are selling our girls are women who are supposed to protect the dignity of the girl child,” Masiko noted.

She said some people in the district had hired girls to work as waitresses, whom they later offered to their customers for their sexual pleasure at a cost.

“These people earn a lot of money and yet they pay the girls peanuts,” she added. The MP said she had tabled a private members Bill on human trafficking and that once it is enacted, the people engaged in prostitution and human sacrifice would face the law.

MP Masiko warns on sex slavery

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