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Some children were victims of commercial sexual exploitation, reliant on sex work to survive.

Over half of all Ugandans are under 15, and children are the single largest demographic group living in poverty.

According to independent groups, local government officials, and police officers from the Child and Family Protection Unit (CFPU), the number of Ugandan children living on the streets is increasing, though the total number is not known.

Homeless children also are at risk of beatings and forced drug use from older homeless children or adults. Both boys and girls living on the street reported being raped or sexually assaulted by men and older street boys. In some instances, community members also harass, threaten, beat, and exploit street children.

Some children were victims of commercial sexual exploitation, reliant on sex work to survive.

o find food to survive, children reported working as vendors, porters, domestic help, or laborers in homes, small restaurants, and other businesses.

To find food to survive, children reported working as vendors, porters, domestic help, or laborers in homes, small restaurants, and other businesses. They were paid little for long hours of physically demanding and difficult work. Some children were victims of commercial sexual exploitation, reliant on sex work to survive.

Information sourced www.hrw.org

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