11 women suspected to be engaged in prostitution have been arrested in a swoop in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis
The Western Regional Police Command on Tuesday night arrested 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; Pricila 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.
He said about 18 alleged criminals were also arrested from their hideouts during the swoop.
They were arrested mainly around ‘All Needs Supermarket’ and the main Accra Station in Takoradi.
The regional police commander assured that all the suspects arrested, the alleged sex workers would be screened and those found culpable would be put before court.