The single mother who was shocked by news notified police and a search ensued for the girl on Wednesday evening. Wolinawe was surprised and dropped unconscious when she found her daughter in the company of three commercial workers transacting business.
Judith Wolinawe, a resident of Kasaka village in Buwunga Sub County lost consciousness for several minutes on Wednesday night after she found her daughter in the company of three other teenage commercial sex workers outside Safari Lodge, a popular night spot in Nyendo. The minor is a primary seven candidate at St. Barnabas Mugamba primary school in Buwunga Sub County.
It is alleged that the girl whose names have been withheld because she is a minor, escaped from her aunt Molly Kiconco, a resident of Lyantonde two weeks ago.
As a result, Wolinawe launched a hunt for her daughter fearing that she could have been kidnapped.
Wolinawe explains that she received a phone call on Tuesday from someone notifying that her daughter had been seen at Safari Lodge. The lodge is a popular night spot for commercial sex workers.
The single mother who was shocked by the news notified police and a search ensued for the girl on Wednesday evening.
Wolinawe was shocked and lost consciousness after she found her daughter in the company of three commercial workers transacting business. The girl was picked up by police but her colleagues took advantage of the confusion to flee into hiding.
Norman Kabugu, a neighbor to Safari Lodge, claims that he had seen the minors calling for customers. Kabugu says that he was surprised that when police carried out an operation and arrested several commercial workers, the minor was not picked up.
However, the minor told URN that she was invited by Shakira Kyomuhendo to work with her and earn some money. She apologized for her conduct saying she was willing to return to school.
Christine Namawube, the officer in Charge of Nyendo Police Station, says they would give the minor ten strokes of the cane and hand her back to her mother. Namawube says police is hunting for the three other suspects for luring a minor into commercial sex work, an illegal activity.
Henry Busuulwa, the chairperson Masaka Municipality Social Services Committee, claims that many children as young as 13 have joined the commercial sex trade in the district. He says during a recent monitoring exercise they found at least six teenager commercial workers at Bukeeri and Safari lodge. Busulwa wants police to close all lodges found using teenagers as waitresses, where they are later lured into commercial sex.
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Joseph Mugerwa, a resident of Nyendo has blames parents for entrusting their children with relatives. He argues that if Wolinawe had not sent her daughter to her sister in Lyantonde, she wouldn't have found her way into wrong groups.
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By the time of filing this report, Masaka Municipal council had instructed Wilson Kizza, the Municipal Community Development Officer to launch an operation to arrest all teenage commercial sex workers.