Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Iddrisu Musah has vowed to put an end to the activities of commercial sex workers within the Tamale Metropolis.
Sex workers in the region have therefore been warned to quit their illegal business by the end of the month, October 30, 2017, or face the full rigours of the law.
The MCE briefing the media stated that the country’s laws frown on prostitution indicating that anyone who is found to be engaged in the act will be arrested by a combined team of armed police and military personnel who have been assigned to flush them out of the system.
The Tamale Metropolis since the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2008 of which it played host to some of the participating teams has become a breeding ground for prostitution involving some teenagers.
Some of these prostitutes from neighbouring countries appear to have been operating in the city ever since raising concerns about the commitment of city authorities in dealing with the situation.
It is reported that some prominent drinking bars and hotels serve as an operational area for these commercial sex workers who charge between GH¢50 to GH¢150 per each sexual session.
The mayor has expressed his determination to weed them out of the ancient city as part of measures in restoring the lost moral fibre in society.
Justifying his action he quoted the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29) section 274 which states “) Any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution; or is proved to have, for the purposes of gain, exercised control, direction or influence over the movements of a prostitute in such manner as to aid, abet or compel the prostitution with any person or generally, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Sex trade will therefore no longer be tolerated in Tamale. Citizens and residents of Tamale must proactively support TMA and the security agencies to enforce the laws of the country. TMA and the Metropolitan Security Council will descend heavily on all who engage in Prostitution and those who abate it”.
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