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ECPAT Uganda is a five-member coalition that was established in 2002. The Uganda Child Rights NGO Network links various child-focused organisations in terms of advocacy at the national level and capacity building; Hope After Rape offers psychosocial support to survivors of sexual abuse and gendered violence; Slum Aid Project provides support to impoverished families; the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect advocates for children’s rights; and the Uganda Youth Development Link provides support to children who are affected by substance abuse.


Contact: Mr. Damon Wamara
Phone: +256 754307001
Address: c/o – Uganda Child Rights NGO Network P.O. Box 10293 Kampala Plot 18, Tagore Crescent, Opposite Mawanda Road Kamwokya
Email: exec.director@ucrnn.net info@ucrnn.net
Website: http://www.ucrnn.net


Uganda is a source, transit and destination country for children trafficked for sexual purposes. Children coming from the remote and underdeveloped Karamoja region are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

In Uganda, child domestic workers were identified as one of the groups most exposed to sexual exploitation including trafficking for sexual purposes.

It has been reported that child sexual abuse materials are growing at a very fast rate within the country, involving well-coordinated networks of offenders. Child sexual abuse material includes films, photos and videos, and their production is often connected to child sexual exploitation through strip dancing, also known as ekimansulo.


ECPAT International
Uganda – Country Overview

Year: 2019

Understanding Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Research in Different Regions: African Children’s use of ICTs

Year: 2013

News from Uganda


Age of Consent


Age of sexual consent is 18 years but only for boys. No age of sexual consent is provided for girls. The national legislation does not provide for a close-in-age exemption

DH Legal Analysis Uganda, 2020

Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Active and passive extraterritoriality is provided for trafficking offences but not for other SEC-related crimes. Extraterritoriality extends to OCSE offences if the computer, program or data used was in Uganda at the material time of the offence regardless of the nationality or citizenship of the offender and whether he or she is within or outside Uganda. Double criminality does not apply for extraterritoriality.

Extradition is provided for SEC crimes only in line with treaties Uganda is a party of. Trafficking crimes qualify for extradition in any case. Double criminality does not apply for extradition.

SECTT Legal Checklist Uganda, 2020

CSAM Definition


The national legislation does not provide a definition of CSAM which is in line with international standards. The definition provided does not include depictions of the sexual parts of a child’s body for primarily sexual purposes. Positively, the definition includes materials depicting a person appearing to be a child as well as computer/digitally generated CSAM.

DH Legal Analysis Uganda, 2020

Background Check Required


There are no mandatory legal provisions for criminal background checks nor legislation prohibiting convicted sex offenders to hold positions involving or facilitating contact with children

SECTT Legal Checklist Uganda, 2020

National Commitments


Uganda has ratified the CRC, the OPSC and the ILO Convention No. 182.

Uganda has also ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Uganda has not ratified the Trafficking Protocol, the OPIC, the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics nor the AU Convention on Cyber Security and the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote and Budapest Conventions.

DH Legal Analysis Uganda, 2020

Child Advocacy Centers

Not Yet Assessed

SEC Police Unit

Not Yet Assessed

Protection Standards Travel and Tourism


There are no child protection standards for the travel and tourism industry in place.

SECTT Legal Checklist Uganda, 2020

Public SEC Case Data


Case data is only available for child trafficking offences. This data is disaggregated to some extent. No information has been found on whether this data is made available periodically and whether it contains data on offenders and on compensation sought by child victims.

ECO Uganda, 2019

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