Police in Kiira region, has issued a two weeks ultimatum, directing commercial sex workers to stop this trade or risk arrest.
Police issued the ultimatum on Thursday afternoon, following the death of a 20 year old Asha Nanjjo, a commercial sexual worker, who is suspected to have been killed while attempting to steal from one of her clients in Wanyange cell, Northern division in Jinja city.
Her lifeless body was taken to Jinja regional referral hospital mortuary, awaiting postmortem.
While addressing journalists on Thursday, the Kiira regional police spokesperson, James Mubi says that Nanjjo has been on security’s wanted list over leading a racket of young women, who use the cover of commercial sex to rob valuables and money from unsuspecting members of the general public.
Mubi reveals that, she was late last year released on court bail, after spending months on remand over aggravated robbery and petty theft related charges.
Mubi stresses that, the racket of female commercial sex workers who normally walk with knives and razor blades, target truck drivers along major highways majorly in the areas of Bugembe, Wanyange, Wairaka, Mafubira and Namulesa, located in both Jinja district and Jinja city respectively.
Mubi argues that, dozens of commercial sex workers are battling several cases of aggravated robbery at different police stations and courts within the region, therefore, the move to halt their activities will create a sense of security sanity within the affected communities.
He adds that, a special team of child and family protection police unit personnel, have been assigned the task of rehabilitating all commercial sex workers, who are willing to voluntarily abandon this trade with general life skills, aimed at helping them to peacefully reunite with their families.
Mubi further says that the exercise of expelling adamant commercial sex workers will involve partnerships with village chairpersons, who shall identify their hideouts and notify responsible police authorities to take action.
However, a commercial sex worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity says that, responsible government agencies should devise means of availing them with vocational skills and friendly credit facilities, which will help them to rebuild their livelihoods, rather than forcing them off the streets with nothing.
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