Deborah Nakatudde

Serving Lives Under Marginalization (SLUM),

Get to know Deborah

Deborah founded Serving Lives Under Marginalization, a group dedicated to linking and referring sex workers to services such as job training and reproductive healthcare. Growing up poor in a Uganda slum, Deborah began exchanging sex for food, clothing and money when she was just 15 years old. From Deborah’s perspective, “sex work came with a lot of challenges but”, as she put it, “I could not give up on it because it allowed me to meet my personal needs and those of my children”. She now works to break the stigma and discrimination against women who choose sex work, and also to create pathways to other employment for those who unwillingly turned to sex as a means of survival.