Commercial sex workers of the Ghana Prostitutes Association in Accra are announcing an increase in their services ahead of the Christmas season as they have explained that hikes in prices of goods and services has had a toll on their business.
One prostitute, who plies her trade along the street pubs of Osu in Accra, speaking under terms of anonymity revealed to Yen News that most of her colleagues have had o suffer the stress of spending much on body lotions, lubricants and off-the-counter pain killers when in fact the payment for their services are way below the prices of the very cosmetics they use.
The call for an increment in the price of service by these prostitutes comes in the wake of heated debates over the illegality of prostitution in Ghana with hundreds ranging from ages 18 to 40 are documented to be actively involved for reasons best known to them.
Prostitution remains illegal and cannot be practiced in the open. According to section 279 of the Criminal Code 1960 (Act 29) as amended by Act 554 (section 15), it is criminal for any person to offer his or her body commonly for acts of lewdness (sex) payment. Section 275 of the same Act also states that “ any person who in any public place persistently solicits or importunes to obtain clients for any prostitute or any other immoral purpose shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.