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Sexual exploitation of adolescent girls in Uganda: The drivers, consequences and responses to the ‘sugar daddy’ phenomenon

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With this study, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) seeks to understand the multiple and overlapping reasons behind cross-generational relationships in Uganda in order to promote more comprehensive and effective responses to the issue. 

Cross-generational sex and transactional sexual relations are of significant public concern in Uganda where 11.8% of girls across the country are affected. The phenomenon can be linked to immediate and life-long consequences for both girls and boys who are affected. This study looks closely at the extent to which income poverty relates to social pressures to commit or not commit a certain behavior, which is found to contribute to this particular violation of child rights.

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Child protection

Gender-based violence (GBV)

Sexual exploitation

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