Adansi Obuasi sex workers call for legalisation of prostitution

The leader of the group, who gave her name as Mama Sweat, told Obuasi-based Shaft FM that because the trade is illegal, they only trade in the evening.

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Commercial sex workers in Adansi-Obuasi in the Ashanti Region have appealed to the government to legalise prostitution.

The leader of the group, who gave her name as Mama Sweat, told Obuasi-based Shaft FM that because the trade is illegal, they only trade in the evening.

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She, therefore, called on the Mahama-led administration to license their activities, adding that government can generate revenue from them through tax.

She cited other countries where the government is taxing commercial sex workers because it is legal.

Mama Sweat said she will vote for any party who plans to legal prostitution.

Asked why she indulges in prostitution, Mama Sweat said it was due to poverty. According to her, she was introduced into prostitution by her friends after she lost her husband and her in-laws took everything away from her.

On how much she charges her customers, Mama Sweat said she charges GHC100 for 'half night' and GHC300 for a full night for customers who do not want to use a condom.

For customers who prefer condom, she charges between GHC30 and GHC50.

She explained that she charges high for non-condom users because the potential of contracting a disease from a customer is high.

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On a good day, Mama Sweat says she gets seven customers and on a bad make, two to three customers.

She has been practising prostitution for almost five years now, adding that she makes an average of GHC500 a day.

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