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Caring for children of exploited girls

Our programme to empower girls and young women in Uganda to escape sexual exploitation has created 1,000 nursery spaces so that young mothers can ensure their children are well cared for while they get the training they need to turn their lives around.

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Around 54,000 Ugandan girls aged under 18 are forced to work in the sex trade. All of the girls we spoke to while making this film had at least one child. When we asked why, they told us that men don’t like wearing condoms, so it’s not long before the girls get pregnant.

Plan International's programme for exploited girls and young women living in the slums of Kampala is supporting them to learn new vocational skills so that they can find work and escape the sex trade.

We have set up nurseries to care for the children of these girls and women. Currently over 1,000 children are benefiting - allowing their mothers to attend training for new jobs.

This is the third in a series of films about our work to support exploited girls and young women in Uganda.

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