Uganda's capital Kampala attracts many 'fortune hunters' from rural areas, in search of better opportunities. There is a growing demand for cheap labour and commercial sex; important factors contributing to child trafficking. Almost 40% of the children working in Kampala's informal sector, indicate that they were brought to the capital by child traffickers.
Uganda's child labour prevalence rate stands at 30%. Thousands of these children are involved in the worst forms of child labour, including child labourers in mining and domestic slavery.
National statistics show that 40% of women in Uganda were below the age of 18 at the time of marriage. One in every four girls between 15 and 19 is already a mother or pregnant with her first child. The situation is worse for children under difficult circumstances like children on the move and those living on the streets and/or in extreme poverty.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands supports victims of child exploitation with rehabilitation and reintegration. Livelihood improvement of the families of these children, ensures that the incentive to child exploitation diminishes. Education is an important tool in protecting and preventing victims and vulnerable children from exploitation. Furthermore, we work on reducing the vulnerability of girls and young women to gender based violence and economic exclusion, by demanding respect for and protection of their rights.
Sarah (16 years) is a victim of sexual exploitation, as well as child trafficking and the worst forms of child labour. Read her story.