Cheap labour and prostitution

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. 

Child labour

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.

Child marriage and teenage pregnancies

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.

Reintegration, livelihood improvement and education 

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 important in protecting and preventing victims and vulnerable children from exploitation; we enable as many children as possible to access education or (depending on their age) vocational training.

Girls Advocacy Alliance

Under the Girls Advocacy Alliance programme in Uganda, we work on awareness and empowerment of girls and young women, to demand respect for and protection of their rights. At community and family level, changes in the negative social cultural values, attitudes and practices are needed to reduce the vulnerability of girls and young women to gender based violence and economic exclusion. To achieve this, we focus on improving the effective implementation of the existing legal and policy frameworks. In addition, we strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to monitor legal and policy implementation, and to effectively engage duty bearers.

 

Stories

"I had to do it because I had to survive"

Sarah (16 years) is a victim of sexual exploitation, as well as child trafficking and the worst forms of child labour. Read her story.

Programmes

Kindermisbruik in Oost-Afrika Terre des Hommes
In Oost-Afrika komt kindermishandeling veel voor. Dat gebeurt thuis, op school, of in het geval van kindarbeiders, op de werkplek. Ook kinderen die in tehuizen wonen zijn vaak het slachtoffer van...
Kinderhandel in Oost-Afrika Terre des Hommes
Naar schatting 25.000 tot 30.000 mensen in Sub-Sahara Afrika waren tussen 2000 en 2013 het slachtoffer van mensenhandel. Iets meer dan een kwart van hen was kind. Kinderhandel vindt plaats binnen...
Kinderarbeid in Oost-Afrika Terre des Hommes
In Oost-Afrika gaan 15 miljoen kinderen naar hun werk in plaats van naar school. Het werk dat zo’n 5 procent van deze kinderen doet, valt onder de ergste vormen van kinderarbeid. Ze werken...
Seksuele uitbuiting van kinderen Oost-Afrika Terre des Hommes
In Oost-Afrika zijn steeds meer kinderen het slachtoffer van commerciële seksuele uitbuiting. Ze werken in de seksindustrie, moeten meewerken aan kinderporno, of worden gedwongen tot webcamseks. In...
Girl's Advocacy Alliance Terre des Hommes
De Girls Advocacy Alliance zet zich in voor de bestrijding van geweld tegen meisjes en jonge vrouwen en het vergroten van hun economische participatie in ontwikkelingslanden. Geweld en economische...