Resident of Lyokango trading center in Tororo district have come out to complain over the alarming number of sex workers in the area. According to the residents, the overwhelming number of sex workers has been growing especially after the inception of Hima and Simba cement factories along the Tororo-Mbale highway.
Due to this, the residents have noted that the influx in commercial sex workers has had grave social impacts upon their community as many young girls are being lured into the immoral act.
Basing on Joseph Okware, a businessman in the area, some of the married men in the community are opting for commercial sex workers which he worries may fuel the spread of HIV/AIDs in the area.
Aside from the spread of the deadly HIV virus and family disputes, Okware worries that the lucrative business may also attract young girls who are below 18 to indulge in the business so as to make quick money.
Another resident Madina Nyakyabuka disclosed that the commercial workers usually charge at least UGX 10,000 and they also operate throughout the day with an aim of serving long-distance truck drivers
The Nyangole sub county LC V Patrick Omare also informed that due to the increase in the numbers of commercial sex workers, the social and more values in the community have greatly degraded.
As a result of the commerical sex business, the LC V said even the parents have become scared of taking their children to trading centers because they may be influenced to join the lucrative business.
Therefore, the local leader calls upon the office of the Community Development Officer to design social-psychological programs meant to sensitize residents on mechanisms to adjust to the current crisis.
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Another local leader George Olowo, the Nyangole sub-county LC III chairperson, also informed that according to his observation, some commercial sex workers even migrate from districts outside Tororo.
In a bid to regulate the influx of sex workers, Olowo says that they as local leaders intend to pass a by-law aimed at regulating entry into guest houses and lodges. Also, he says a marriage certificate shall be required before someone can access a lodge especially with a minor.
The district’s DPC Rodgers Chebene also told media there has been an increase cases regarding insecurity therefore to address the challenge, they plan to elevate the area police post to a Police station so as to increase man power meant to address the security challenges in the area.