Not less than 41 Nigerian prostitutes were arrested in Weiba, Ghana around a place called Choice where several pubs operate at night.
The arrest of the prostitutes followed a tip-off from some residents in the area who had commented over the “nuisance activities” of the prostitutes, which have turned the vicinity into a haven for drug peddlers and armed robbers.
Due to these complaints received, the police laid surveillance and subsequently arrested 41 of the prostitutes, most of whom Chief Inspector Eninful said were Nigerians between 18 and 25 years.
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The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) had earlier hinted of decriminalizing prostitution in the coming months. This was according to the commissioner, Joseph Wittal, who says, prostitution as a mode of work cannot be linked to a crime. “Decriminalizing prostitution is meant to rig the status book of offenses that seem to be targeting poverty.
Prostitution can be regulated. If in your own way, somebody has their own way of living why don’t to see how it can be regulated?” he quizzed.
Prostitution remains an illegal act in Ghana with offenders exposed to minimal to severe jail terms.
Reports from the United Nations (UN) show that the main reasons for which most African and Ghanaian women enter in prostitution are due to poverty .