Severe food crisis and hunger being faced in the region has forced dozens of teenage girls in Gulu city to resort to trading “Sex for food” for survival.
According to local authorities, sex for food is common in most slums in the city including Kanyagoga A cell and Industrial area in Bar-dege-Layibi division.
Florence Atto, the Local council One chairperson Kanyagoga A Cell, says the girls who are engaged in such illegal practice are aged between 12-17.
Most parts of Acholi. Lango and Karamoja sub regions are grappling with severe food crisis as a result of climate change which has affected food production.
Since March, Ugandans have seen a record rise in the cost of living with prices of food and fuel going through the roof.
On Monday, an elderly man in Kenya central, Agengo sub county in Agago district died due to hunger-related complications.
Late last month, an HIV patient died from hunger while 42 others have abandoned drugs in Lakwaya Sub County in Omoro District because of shortage of food.
However, article 13 (1) of the Penal Code Act 1950 prohibits prostitution. It states that every person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.