“Legalize sex work to boost gov’t taxes” Ntungamo RDC

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NTUNGAMO- The Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Mucunguzi has appealed to the government to legalize and tax sex workers since the vice has vigorously affected the community.

RDC Mucunguzi says that criminalizing sex work has left government losing revenue because it’s lucrative to those who are seeking their services.

He further noted that sex workers can also help government to curb down insecurity saying that they can work as good spies (Entatsi) like a harlot Rahab in the book of Joshua 2:1.

Mucunguzi made remarks while presiding over a meeting of commercial sex workers engagement with local leaders and security at Embassy Tours Ntungamo Town on Tuesday.

He told them that however, as a Christian he cannot support the service they offer but he will protect their rights like other Ugandans.

This follows a concern from Commercial sex workers in south western region complaining of disrespect and decrimination by the community yet some of them are their clients.

According to Naomi Mujuni, the chief executive officer of Uganda Network for key population service organizations (UNESO), they need to be taken that sex work is an employment because it brings food to the table.

Immaculate Nyamwija, the chairperson of Commercial sex workers in Mbarara City said that it’s unfortunate that key implementing partners including government are only focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the sex workers, instead of legalizing the work in the country.

The meeting was organized by UNESO bringing together both female and male sex workers and other key populations. UNESO brings together at least 150 commercial sex workers’ organizations in the country.

The organization was mainly set up to bring them together commercial sex workers to fight their rights in the country.