Prostitutes display thighs PHOTO/HIVISASA
BY DOREEN ASASIRA
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA- The writing has been put on the wall for “sumbie’ vendors, or call them commercial sex workers. More crudely, prostitutes.
According to the new legislation passed under the Sexual Offences Bill 2019, any person found either buying or selling self for sex may face up to 15 years in jail once convicted.
The bill criminalizes prostitution that has been a fuel for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in the country.
The amended Penal Code Act, Cap 120 also provides for a number of sexual offenses, especially regarding domestic rape, defilement, and consent to sex in marriages.
Central Budama MP and Chairperson of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of Committee Hon Jacob Oboth Oboth described the new law as one that will redefine sexual conduct in Uganda.
The law is a relief among cultures where women are forced into marriage against their will.
The law protects women against forced sex in marriages especially when the men are not protected and also safeguards wives who have just given birth from being forced into sex before healing