Going by this development, the year 2017 has not been a struggle-financially for blue collar employees but also for professional commercial sex workers also known as prostitutes. And as the year climaxes, sex workers have devised means to survive during this festive season. Interesting news from brothels in Kampala and surrounding suburbs is that prostitutes, like many other businesses, are offering mega discounts on their services during the festive season. This was revealed one of the ‘ladies of the night’ who is also a member of sex worker led network, Uganda Network for Sex Workers Organization (UNESO) who preferred anonymity for obvious reasons.
It ought to be noted that sex workers formed UNESO last year on 29th April replacing Uganda Harmonized Rights Alliance. We are meant to understand that these commercial sex workers have crashed the prices for their services for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations by giving out special discounts of a 50% cut to their customers. As of early this year, prostitutes charged between Shs7, 000 to Shs15, 000 for a ‘short’ and between Shs 20,000 to Shs 30,000 for a ‘long’ on average in Kampala and surrounding suburbs like Ntinda, Kabalagala, Kireka, Mukono, and Entebbe among others. The source who preferred to be called Clara (not real name), a single mother of one, says that they have agreed to accept half of the usual charges during the festive season because most of their customers use such holidays to spend time with their wives and they (prostitutes) hope this attractive discount offer will bring them business. This also applies to the prostitutes working along the borders of neighboring countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among others. “We are giving this special Christmas special offer because we want more customers at out stations” says Clara who seems to be in her early thirties.
Clara adds that they now have to be more seductive or risk going back home with nothing after braving the cold all night. The price cuts are meant to be an economic stimulus response package to boost the falling demand in the world’s oldest profession. However, prostitution is illegal in Uganda. But they still operate in Kampala-the Central Business District (CBD). According to Wikipedia, has been practiced throughout ancient and modern culture. It has been described as ‘the world’s oldest profession’ and despite consistent attempts to regulate it, it continues nearly unchanged worldwide. This must be music to the ears of the men out there, though it remains to be seen if this move will boost business.