- Police at Cantonments have arrested 19 persons suspected of engaging in prostitution
- The arrest followed a swoop around the Togolese and American embassies from Saturday to Sunday
Nineteen persons including a man have been arrested and thus being processed for the court by the Police at Cantonments in Accra for their suspected engagement in prostitution.
The arrests was made after a swoop by police officers on Saturday evening which ended at dawn on Sunday, February 28th. Meanwhile, police authority have revealed that all commercial sex workers were arrested at the Togolese and American embassies following complaints from the concerned public.
''We have observed the activities of these prostitutes. Out of our own intelligence and coupled with complaints from the public, we embarked on an exercise last Saturday night to arrest these prostitutes and in total we arrested nineteen of them which include a male,” Crime Officer of the Cantoments District Police Command, ASP Benjamin Baah revealed in an interview with CitiFM in Accra
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.