General News of Thursday, 7 February 2013
Child prostitution is flourishing at Sekondi landing beaches and other suburbs of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis in the Western Region.
The Social Services and Gender Sub-Committee of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, at a meeting in Skondi, noted that minors aged between 10 and 17 years take their pimps to small kiosks at the beaches and pay GHc2.00 before engaging in sexual escapades with their patrons.
It cited NKotompo, Sekondi, New Takoradi and European Town in the metropolis as areas well-known for such immoral activities.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr. John Davis, who is also the Assembly Member for Anaji West Electoral Area, expressed worry over the trend, and said the Committee would liaise with the various chief fishermen, assembly members and queen-mothers of the Fishmongers Association in those areas to stop the practice.
He also lamented that some children of school-going-age in coastal communities in the metropolis were reported to have abandoned the classroom for fishing.
Madam Josephine Cobbina, Assemble Member of Bankyease Electoral Area, near Takoradi, suggested that minors involved in fishing and prostitution should be educated on the ramifications of their actions.