Shocking revelations from the Central Region show that young girl in the regional capital have been engaged in prostitution.
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According to the Department of Social Welfare in Cape Coast, girls as young as 13 were offering themselves as sex workers for as little as GHS1.00.
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This was revealed by the Cape Coast Metropolitan Director of Social Welfare, Mr Daniel Wallace Akyeampong in an interview.
He stated that even as the young girls offer themselves up for sex in return for money, most of the males who sleep with them are not able to pay the money demanded.
Akyeampong said most of the boys end up beating the ladies up when they demand the money.
“They are hungry and are ready to do anything to survive,” he explained.
Akyeampong noted that communities around Cape Coast, including, Brofoyedur, Ntsin, Gyeagyemu, Gyeagyeano, Anaafo and Kwaprow, near the University of Cape Coast are faced with the menace.
He noted that the situation was putting many young girls at risk of contracting dangerous sexually transmitted diseases.
“With high poverty levels, vulnerable households within the coastal fishing areas have resorted to illegalities such as fishing with chemicals and light, as well as child trafficking, as a means of survival,” he said.
The Director of Social Welfare thus called on the relevant government institutions to intervene and put in place poverty-alleviating initiatives to help rein back the youth of Cape Coast.
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