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Sex workers tell their stories about growing prostitution in South Sudan

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By Manyang Mayom

October 4, 2010 (JUBA) — Prostitution in Southern Sudan is on the rise. Juba, the capital city of the semi-autonomous region and a territory belonging to the indigenous Bari tribe is hit by sexual workers and growing adultery by married women, most of whom have been flowing into Juba from the neighboring countries of East Africa such as Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

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Two sex workers on one bed (photo by Manyang Mayom)

These sexual trade workers are mostly foreigners while others are Southern Sudanese girls and ladies as well as northern Sudanese ladies who decided to move to the South and access sexual freedom away from the Islamic law prohibiting sex in the north.

Such Sudanese girls who involve in commercial sexual intercourse are those girls who have adopted East African cultures and Arab girls who escaped Islamic law in Khartoum and flew to stay in Juba leaving behind their families.

Sudan Tribune had conducted interviews with some of such prostitutes who told about their sexual life in Southern Sudan, which they said was centered on making money rather than love.

Ugandan woman, Ms. Lora William, confirmed that she came to Juba to get wealth through prostitution. “There is no love – only money can make you everything you dream to get in Juba. Only relatives working in government would get you everything you would like to achieve in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) system. Few of my friends are working in government offices as employees as well as few of them are private secretaries," she revealed.

"I was just a school girl in Kampala at Kampala International University (KIU) but unfortunately I got pregnant. I was deceived by my classmate and after he knew that I was pregnant, the guy disowned me immediately and my parents dismissed me from family house. I have nowhere to go then I decided to go to Sudan. As I just reached to Aru [Ugandan town close to Sudan border], I got a tall Sudanese man who loved me at a lodge and I started to have sex with him that night. On my way to Juba, he told the migration office that this is my wife and I was allowed to enter into Sudan through his approach to Sudanese migration authority," the Ugandan lady narrated.

An Ethiopian sex worker, Ms. Fruiti Magabsi, said the proximity of her country made it easier to travel to Sudan. "I came to Juba in 2009. I managed to arrive Sudan through my friend who was a South Sudanese soldier who [previously] got trained in Ethiopia. He told me to visit Sudan. I was a married woman in Ethiopia but this Sudanese man influenced me to leave my husband. He always told me that he was not married and he was also a big man in Government of Southern Sudan. The guy had a lot of money in his wallet and all the money were Dollars with Euros. I decided to leave my two children and joined this man in hotel and I followed him to [southern] Sudan through his instructions using Kenya road by land while he traveled by air leaving me behind.

"Since I arrived to Juba, I did not see him and his contact numbers which he gave me were all fake. I wondered what to do; I started to sell myself to men in lower price for me to sustain life. I sold myself to sleep with man with 50 Sudanese pounds. I managed to get two thousand Sudanese pounds in one week. I do use condom when I go for [sexual] intercourse with men because I see them so much thin. Many of men always rejected to sleep with me using condom during sexual intercourse. I told them to use condoms but they rejected my advice, they demanded [preferred] to pay a lot of money to have [non-condom] sex with me," she said.

There is no love in Juba, only money can prove [buy] everything," she said.

Walking to Custom [Market], the former market in Juba which is located at Western part of Juba town, a Tanzanian woman, Ms. Jenifer said that Juba is bridged to make wealth through sexual trade.

Jenifer affirmed that “there is high chance in commercial love to build houses and to have more cars free of charge from Sudanese officials here in Juba. They love sexual intercourse and they can pay what you demand them to pay before you go to have sex with him."

"I divorced my husband in my country because our life was so bad. I decided to come to Sudan to make money and not to have love with one man in the Sudan. I am not ready to have a child with any Sudanese man at the moment but when I see time is near for me to return home, I will own one tall man to have a child with him and I will escape to my country while pregnant," she said.

Ms. Entisar, said that "I left Khartoum when Lubna Hussein was harassed by Khartoum public police in trousers dress case.

She complained that life in Khartoum as a girl is bad. "You are denied by parents not to go out with your friends. You can love somebody in your heart but difficult to express yourself and for me I believe this is an insult to God. There is body need and you are denied to do it – this is injustice," she said.

"I do stay here in Juba and I am happy the way I am treated by Southern boys. There is no harassment. I do go to Custom Market at night to have sex with men in price of 20 Sudanese Pounds. I do have sex so that I can pay house rent and sometimes I travel back to Khartoum," she explained.

Southern Sudan is experiencing rising sex trade where you can find sex workers in towns including Wau, Rumbek, Juba and Aweil. The Government of Southern Sudan has overlooked the issue of sex workers while community leaders are complaining that cultures are changing since sexual workers introduced commercial sexual intercourse in the country.

Southern Sudan is governed by cultures and they believe in their respective traditions but since the signing of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Southern Sudan got swallowed with foreign cultures imported by Sudanese children who were brought up in Western life.

Health authorities in the region have warned of serious threat posed by the killer disease, HIV/AIDS, which is feared to have been infecting people at an alarming rate, particularly in the states bordering Kenya and Uganda.

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  • 5 October 2010 03:55, by Aarai Baka

    There is no love – only money can make you everything you dream to get in Juba.

    all these bitches coming from Eastern Africa and northern Sudan will bring STD, AID and some deadlies diseases to Juba residences. this prostitution must have to stop immediately due to risk of diseases that will spread to uneducated persons who lack of use of condoms to protect themselves.

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    • 5 October 2010 04:31, by Jay

      GOSS should round all these prostitutes and repatriate them immediately.
      They’re creating awful image for South Sudan.

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      • 5 October 2010 04:54, by Ahmed Chol

        Fellows
        That’s what comes with civilization and modernity. The western civilization that we are looking is a rose that has its thorns which most of our people don’t yet the difference between its flowers and the thorns. If we are all careful, we may manage to take the rose and leave the thorn behind.We may take the knowledge and education and leave the rest that comes with it. Things will get worse among the southerners especially if we take people to towns instead of taking towns to the people. This idea of an open ended human rights combine with freedoms of all kinds will drive us into the ditch if we abandon our customs and cultures for the sake of westernization.
        In any streets of our towns, young boys are trying to copy the American street life style. You know what I mean. Right? You probably have them sagging their pants and bouncing around with hats worn backward and calling themselves niggers. Also women are starting to wear these small skirts that leave them almost naked. Where we heading?

        Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III if the south joins the north

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      • 5 October 2010 10:46, by Jupiter Maguangdit

        Dear readers,

        I am really tired reading articles written by this reporter called Manyang Mayom. This article is an incitement aimed at mistreating foreigners from the neighboring countries and those who come from the northern part of the Sudan who are now present in Southern Sudan.

        Is Manyang interesting in the Sharia Laws which are part of the problem that has been going on between the north and the south? Should we go back and apply those laws to our society in the south?

        For what the reporter mentioned about Lubna Hussein’s problem with the police in Khartoum that took place last year, he should not have related a story of a prostitute whom he claimed to be ‘Ms. Entisar.’ That lady according to the reporter is a prostitute while Lubna Hussein is not and therefore, there is no relation between the two.

        Quote, Ms. Entisar, said that "I left Khartoum when Lubna Hussein was harassed by Khartoum public police in trousers dress case. She complained that life in Khartoum as a girl is bad.”

        Southern Sudan authorities should demand justifications from this reporter who is trying to bring problems to the south.

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    • 5 October 2010 06:43, by junub

      Wowowo, hold on guys. Can any of you reread the article thoroughtly again in order to find the hiden tone of the reporter, Manyang?

      This article is full of insults and degration to entire Southern Sudanese people than it meant.

      First, the article has used and hidded the tribal language which I had quoted: "Juba, the capital city of the semi-autonomous region and a territory belonging to the INDIGENOUS BARI tribe is hit by sexual workers and growing adultery by married women, most of whom have been flowing into Juba from the neighboring countries of East Africa such as Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania."
      What I just want to ask Mr. Manyang Mayom with is, WHY DO WE ALWAYS CRACKING OUR MINDS HERE TO CONDEMN EQUATORIANS WHO SEGREGATED DINKA IN EQUATORIA THAT WE HAD PURISHED IN LIBERATION OF THIS LAND, AND SO NO SUCH THING AS LAND GRAPPING AND RELOCATION?

      If prositute as you wrongly chosen to wrote about was what you think to be a justifiable excuse to excluded the entired Dinka from respected land to feel belonging and protected as we living in since we had lost a lot of our beloved ones on it, than you are nothing but a mere tribal minded carrier.

      Why didn’t you disclosed the names of the prostitutes in Juba (the Bari Land as you said it) from Bair if your article was not really full of nonsense. You should speak your gut with no fear to true revealed to us there indeed no any prostitutes from Dinka in Juba? Seriously what are these nonsense for really? I think it could be because you got nothing to write about on the news that why you chosed prostitution? You might be a gay or something really.

      Secondly, your targeting hit was our leaders whom you potrayed them on your article as prostitutes. Aw, Manyang, you have to learn how to respect our state because otherwise you should have mentioned the names of the GoSS leaders you think are prostituting and pimping.

      Thirdly, and is with honesty Manyang, Southern Sudan is not a brothel as you had vehemently put it ironically that even the Arab Islamis women from the Northern Sudan have fled Khartoum to Juba because the Sharia Law wouldn’t let them to prostituted as in Southern’s African christian way had allowed them.

      You should have summarized your writing after you completed your nonsense that so now, what is the Southern Sudan State now and going to be when separated, who are the leaders, the system, and the people of Southern Sudan in the rest other world’s view point, a land of prostitution? NO, I think you wrong in writing this article.

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      • 5 October 2010 07:00, by Aarai Baka

        To Junub

        Come down bro and take it easy, reporter Manygang didnt mention any tribes in Central Equatoria doing prostitutions but reporting how is prostitution businesses is looming in Juba from respective foreign nationals, yea he have mentioned even northerners came too to do the same things.to leadership, journalist have to bring things like these to the public. Brother Junub I know now how frustration u are but take easy, land grabing is a small issues and is not even related to the article above, it will be tackled at later on after referendum.

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      • 5 October 2010 08:54, by Lotoroboy

        Junub, you right,

        i have only 2 point here, one is who are the people bringing this Prostitutes to the Equatoria? the answer is very simple, "A tall sudanese man who Love me at the Lodge in Arua and have sex with me. question, who are the tallest people in Sudan(Dinka) and then secondley somebody who is a prostitute, how can you say that she is your wife and you let her enter in Equatoria(Bari Land) without paying anything in the Migration office, this is Corruption, who are peolpe the people doing this corruption? this are the same tallest people in sudan(Dinka)

        Lotoroboy

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        • 5 October 2010 09:30, by Sala Gai

          Mr Lotorobo

          You might be right in simple Ugandan point some where rather then telling rabbinic things to world wide, Bari is the tallest then the people you are talking about,like eastern Eq too, so my friend straight away forward to your point then telling lie here.

          What i can tell you now friend, Run away before war started in-order to settle in your mother land Uganda and claim late am Sudanese name of Lagu etc .

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    • 2 March 2012 02:42, by being real

      I do agree with you on this issue bros "there is no love just MONEY yes" but the same money recieved and the same money the person gona buy and Carry Out a disease wich is gona be like a Heavy Luggage in whole life

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  • 5 October 2010 05:16, by Grader

    "Ugandan woman, Ms. Lora William, confirmed that she came to Juba to get wealth through prostitution.

    " Only relatives working in government would get you everything you would like to achieve in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) system".

    Manyang,
    Why not criticise GoSS openly instead of hiding behind a fictitious Uganda whore?

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    • 5 October 2010 05:44, by Aarai Baka

      Manyang Mayom dont have journalism freedom due to low lack of freedom of journalist. if Manyang put criticism toward GOSS, he will be lockdown for publicly telling to the public.

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  • 5 October 2010 07:09, by DASODIKO

    Human basic needs to survive are three only food, sex and security. So Sex is the second of the three human basic needs which could not be curbed by laws. To deprive humans from sex is like sentencing them to death. But what is needed is to teach save sex and spead awareness on it. Marriage, use of condoms are one of save sex components.

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    • 5 October 2010 10:12, by ogopadj

      I love your common Mr. Sod...

      I am a MPH student and we should strive for prevention rather than creating inequitable social aspects of lives.

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  • 5 October 2010 08:12, by Mohammed Haiba

    Actually this article proves that Southern Sudan will enjoy great leap in the sex industry while service such as education, health and security are stagering. This is the freedom and democracy that you keep calling for. In fact some of Southerners are eager to have the country divided to indulge themselves in all kinds of corruption right from sex trade to drug traficking knowing that under the central Sudanese government such practices cost their neck. As you might have understood from the pathatic article that all facilitators of corrupt trade are Goss officials and desperate SPLM soldiers.

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    • 5 October 2010 09:27, by ater kuot ater

      i don,t blame any parts,but this is a role of our goverment to lay down the rules so that any one coming to sudan will be alert that this is not allowed by the rules in this country.
      i brought my wife to australia in five years ago,she use to respect me according to our custom but when we came here she adopt the rules of this country,and every time i say something she say not this is not allow in this country so why don,t we make our rules stronger so that visitor can respect us instead of allowing them to change us.
      i believethat this is a duty of every southern sudanese people to fight this issue in a way of which our sisters in the sex industry cann,t think that they are not wanted in our community.

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  • 5 October 2010 10:04, by ogopadj

    Sex trade is okay, BUT it’s the responsibility of Public Health officials in South Sudan to ensure it’s safe; i.e., educating the sex workers about safe sex. The woman who says she is paid more money for "non-condom" sex does not know her business/life. The cost of HIV/AIDS is not equivalent to the cost of sex. Take care of your life WOMAN!!

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  • 5 October 2010 12:18, by Thondet Manyang

    THAT IS REALLY TERRIBLE!!!!
    Sex is maninly not for trade BUT love. Get friend or married and have sex. That is tally crime.
    And I am afread how did Manyang Mayom reach into that narrow house and took the photo? May be he is envolved otherwise no guarantee of for his safety.

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    • 5 October 2010 15:29, by James Deng Dimo

      Such East African sexual workers working in the South must paid taxes to the government regardless to 2,000 pounds they horned in a Week.
      otherwise South Sudan is loosing billions of pounds.

      They have round all South Sudan event they have their famous area in Wau know as Buganda Pub where is hard of commercial sex charge of 20 Pound per shot.

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  • 5 October 2010 17:42, by Abraham Majur Lam

    Dear Manyang u better be considerate in ur report. Prostitution is not for People of East Africa and if it is that the case u can also be among the people who have import prostitution into Southern Sudan because u were here in Kampala recenly. For me I do come from lakes State where u are and I even saw some two girls belong to our community (Lakes) being involves in this act and they had never step to East African. The issue is a wrong perciption of Modernisation and Globalization among Southerners. It need our Interior Ministry to do something about it but it is not also enough. It is a combine efforts and Am very sure with time it will subsidized as responsibilities will increase to the people who use their income to buy prostitutes.

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  • 5 October 2010 22:07, by 1-1

    Surely Mr Manyang Mayom as you have narrated the prostitution (sex workers) in Sudan, it is infact very hard man to control and stop such progressing situation in Juba because some of Sudanese soldiers and other Ministers grown up for some years with out enjoying love practices which will affect the whole nation in term transmitted diseases (HIV/AIDS) so it will be upon who ever is gonna do such cases and heal with them Bro

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  • 16 March 2011 12:26, by Mapuor

    This is not a new phenomenon.When we were in Ethiopia,almost all SPLA soldiers used to sleep with Ethiopians sex workers at five birr per a shot,whole night varies from ten birrs to fifty birrs,but then there was no HIV/AIDS.Now there is AIDS,many SPLA officers are illiterare and most of them come from greater Upper Nile,these guys who are the blackest people in the South admire brown ladies that they meet in Juba & they always prepare skin to skin styles,they detest condoms & since they have alot of money they pay for without condom charges just to test the brown ladies.This situation will be extremely disasterous to Nuer communities whose people from
    "LUAKS" hold very senior ranks in the SPLA.

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  • 19 July 2011 09:03, by Josh

    civilization means to be free to say anything or to enjoy anything. when you body is need of sex let it go to have sex, so what? un civilized pple doesnt know anything about sex with human

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    Our leaders are the doers of this corruption and they must be punished even if they are dead.

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