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Skills training helps girls escape sex work

Ugandan girls forced into sex work are turning their lives around by joining this Plan International-backed programme. Job training is provided alongside a package of education and support services designed to help make long-lasting, positive changes.

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Around 54,000 Ugandan girls aged under 18 are forced to work in the sex trade.

In this film we see how the girls escape sex work through a Plan International-backed project. The project supports vulnerable girls to learn new vocational skills so that they can turn their lives around.

The classes, implemented by our partner UYDEL, are always jam-packed with girls who are eager to move on and leave sex work. The success of the project lies in its holistic approach: skills training; working with police, bar owners and local leaders; promoting safe sex; spreading the word to other sex workers; and providing child care.

So far 232 girls have graduated. 72% are employed. 25% have started their own business.

This is the fourth in a series of films about our work to support young sex workers in Uganda. Watch the final episode to find out more.

Learn about Plan International's work on economic empowerment for girls