Commercial sex workers Senior prostitutes beat juniors for collapsing business

Some older prostitutes says the younger ones have taken over their men which has led to a decrease in the prices

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Some senior commercial sex workers in Tarkwa in the Western region on Friday mercilessly beat up some young prostitutes who they blame for their collapsing business.

According to some of the older prostitutes, the younger ones have taken over their men which has led to a decrease in the prices.

The older prostitutes, who violently attacked their juniors in the open, claim the juniors who are between the ages of 14 and 17 years take a meagre 10 Ghana cedis as against their Gh¢50 preventing the men in the town to patronise them.

According to reports by Starr FM, that the older prostitutes have vowed to make the streets uncomfortable for the younger prostitutes to ply the trade.

Also in the Western region, 11 suspected commercial sex workers in a swoop in the Sekondi- Takoradi Metropolis.

The suspects were arrested on Tuesday, July 14, between 21:30 and 23:30 hours around “Aponkye Nkakra” avenue and Shippers Roundabout.

The exercise which lasted for about three hours saw ladies from different countries such as Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana plying their trades in the metropolis being picked up.

The exercise followed a similar one conducted almost a year ago which saw about 35 alleged sex workers arrested.

With the current case, the alleged sex workers were arrested mainly around a popular night club in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.

The names of the eleven alleged sex workers were mentioned as Sophia Williams, Nigeria, 35; Helena Mensah, Accra, 26; Deborah Kwatemaa, Koforidua, 25 and Natashia Osei, Kumasi, 20.

The rest were Richel Sowah, Accra, 34; Joy Yakub, Nigeria, 24; Betty Sitsofe, Volta Region, 23; Pricilla Osei, Assin Fosu, 23; Rita Kwarteng, Tema;  Serwah Gifty, Agogo, 32 and Veronica Kwofie, Ivory Coast, 28.

Residents in the metropolis had been complaining about the alleged harassments by purported sex workers for some time now.

Briefing the media in Sekondi, on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Isaac Alex Quainoo, Regional Police Commander, said his outfit has received several complaints from the public about criminal activities being perpetrated at the places the swoop took place.

The criminal activities include snatching of mobile phones, bags and other personal valuables at night by the suspected criminals in those areas.

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