By James Bariyo
The Assistant Commissioner of Police AIGP Ester Akwango has asked sex workers in Mbarara to embrace Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
Akwango said this while meeting over 100 sex workers from Mbarara Town at Kakoba division headquarters in Mbarara Municipality on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by police officers and municipality stakeholders including Community Development Officers and sex workers.
In her remarks, Akwango urged the sex workers to join government projects under OWC in order to boost their household income.
Akwango added that she is traversing all parts of the country sensitizing sex workers to take up government projects such as OWC to support them in order to reduce prostitution and insecurity in urban centers.
She added that some of the sex workers have been promoting crimes in the country noting that most of them have a tendency of conniving with criminals.
She said that some times prostitutes hide criminals in bars and lodges instead of cooperating with Police to arrest them.
“Some of you even go ahead to connive with criminals which makes it hard to differentiate them from you,” she added.
Akwango said that prostitution in most cases increases due to idleness and poverty which affects young ladies who suffer from unemployment.
“The government has decided to mobilize all sex workers in big towns to ensure that they are engaged in Wealth Creation Programs where it will provide projects like poultry farming, piggery, and Bee keeping,” she said.
Meanwhile, the sex workers welcomed the program saying that it will enable them sustain their families. They also commended the government for the initiative.
Akwango noted that the program has already been commissioned in towns of Nansana, Entebbe, Mbarara and Today (Friday) the team is in Masaka Municipality and later will go to all other major towns.