- About 41 Nigerian prostitutes have been arrested at Weija in Accra
- The arrests follow a tip-off from some residents who have described the activities of these prostitutes as a nuisance
- Prostitution is still illegal in Ghana as perpetrators are liable to some years in jail
The Weija District Police Command has arrested 41 female prostitutes, mostly Nigerians in a night swoop. The prostitutes, mostly Nigerian, were arrested around a place called Choice where several pubs operate at night.
The arrest of these 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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Legalising prostitution in Ghana
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 and Tramadol abuse
Checks show that the approved dosage for a patch of Tramadol is 50 milligrams but developments recorded show Ghanaians are taking in 100 to 250 milligrams of the drug.
The reason(s) for taking these unapproved drugs are diverse. Interactions by GHone TV with some Tramadol users show that whereas some of them take the drug to give them strength to work extra hours, others also feel the drug helps them have fun for prolonged hours with their partners.
On the side of some prostitutes in Accra, the use of these drugs helps them escape the emotional tortures experienced in the line of duty.
The consequences for taking Tramadol are most deadly. In fact, doctors have revealed that abusers of the drug suffer dire side effects including kidney and liver damage and ultimately death.
Prostitution remains an illegal act in Ghana with offenders exposed to minimal to severe jail terms.
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The trade also records high cases of human right violations especially when clients of these women often mistreat them leading to physical and mental torture.
Reports from the United Nations (UN) show that the main reasons for which most African and Ghanaian women enter in prostitution are poverty - a development CHRAJ seeks to consider as the basis for which to make it legal in Ghana.
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