Ashanti REGSEC clamps down on prostitutes, patrons

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has clamped down on prostitutes, and patrons.

 Thirty-six Nigerian prostitutes arrested in the exercise have already been repatriated.

The Council expressed worry that prostitution has become a bad influence on minors, resulting in increased child prostitution in the region. STORIES 7-8-19

Regional Minister and Chairman of the REGSEC, Simon Osei Mensah, said the Council was supporting the police and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to flush out foreign prostitutes.

He said: “When you go to Danyame area in the night, you find them scattered all over the place and I don’t think it’s healthy for us and we have to eradicate that one.”

The police and GIS have since the beginning of this year arrested and prosecuted dozens of commercial sex workers in Kumasi and other towns.

Thirty-six of them, all Nigerians, arrested in Kumasi and Konongo between January and April have been repatriated to their country.

Regional Director of the Immigration, Michael Kwadede, said: “Sixteen Nigerian prostitutes were also repatriated after they were arrested in Konongo by Immigration officers and policemen on January 29, this year. We’ve also repatriated 20 Nigerian prostitutes in collaboration with the police this year.”

Mr Osei Mensah said growing prostitution involving minors, some below 14 years,  could not be allowed to go on, and that efforts would be made to address the issue, at the first-ever Meet the Press series, organised by REGSEC.

He advised the public to desist from patronising the services of prostitutes, saying, “The whole thing is about demand and supply. If the demand is not there, the supply won’t be there. Because we are patronising, that is why they find it to be lucrative”.

Mr Osei Mensah cautioned that patrons of services of prostitutes would be arrested and prosecuted.

Meanwhile, police say it is awaiting DNA test results on some women who were murdered and bodies dumped in some parts of Kumasi.

– Source: myjoyonline.com

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