Sexual health

Sex for money in massage parlours

In the second part of the series, we look at how some massage parlours now offer “extras” in addition to massages for any willing customer.

She unwrapped the damp towel round my waist. Next she asked if I would mind taking off my briefs.
“I mind,” I said. I was at a massage parlour in Lubaga, a suburb in Kampala where a masseuse with a model figure was attending to me.

On hearing this, she covered my bottoms with a fresh towel. Then she smeared my body with oil and started kneading my muscles. 45 minutes later, she said my time was up.

“What? This soon!” I exclaimed.
“If you want an extra, it will cost you Shs200,000,” said the masseuse.

“That is stiff. Will you split it with the proprietor of the parlour?” I asked.
“No. The bed is here,” she said as she pointed at another bed in the room.

In the massage business, extra is euphemism for sex for money. It is prostitution, an offence, according to Section 136(1) of the Penal Code Act. If a court convicts someone of prostitution, he or she faces a seven–year jail term.

Time after time, the police swoop on city streets such as Nile Avenue and Sezibwa Road to arrest suspected prostitutes. The subsequent parading of those arrested before cameramen earns them scorn.

It also scares off their potential clients who are afraid their cover will be blown. So the ingenious ones are now turning to massage parlours to either sell or buy sex.

Are the authorities aware?
A manageress of one establishment where masseuses allegedly prostitute says she is unaware. Had she been aware, she said, the suspect would have been reprimanded [for bringing disrepute to the establishment].

Mr Peter Kaujju, the Spokesperson of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), which licenses all the businesses in the capital city, says they are not aware of massage parlours engaging in illegal activities.

“We would not license a place that will engage in illegal activities,” he says.
However, Mr Patrick Onyango, the Spokesperson of the Kampala Metropolitan Police, says they have information.

“We have intelligence information about what happens in [some of] the massage parlours. There are men who do not want to be seen on the streets negotiating with suspected prostitutes. It would earn them the public scorn, which they cannot stomach. So they go to massage parlours. They pretend it is all about massage,” says Mr Onyango.

Why this new form of prostitution?
We could not get a prostitute from a parlour, willing to explain why he or she engages in prostitution.

Still, one of the reasons some other people have advanced is poverty, which is generally due to unemployment. And unemployment is a result of lack of education and skills and in the case of farmers, failure to get buyers for their agricultural produce, among many other reasons.

But poverty alone does not explain why some people turn to prostitution because there are many unemployed men and women who despite the hardships they face do not turn to prostitution.

Pastor Solomon Male, the Executive Director of Arise for Christ Ministries, says the money involved is tempting.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC and CEO of Portia Web Solutions. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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