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Video: Sex workers explain rational behind new charges in Accra

Commercial sex workers in the capital, Accra have increased their chargers following the economic hardship Ghana is experiencing currently.

A commercial sex worker talking with a prospective client.

Ghanaians are currently facing economic hardship due to the rise in general living standards, coupled with the depreciation of the cedi and high inflation.

The unbearable hardship has led to rapid and massive increase in the price of goods and services.

It is on the back of this that practitioners of the oldest profession, commercial sex workers in Accra have reviewed their rates upward, according to a news report by Joy News.

The Joy News report revealed that most of these women were from countries such as Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia among others.

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Some of the women Joy News interacted with said they charge from ¢50 for a short session that lasted between 15-20 minutes and as much as ¢300 for a full night.

But the recent economic meltdown means now they will charge more for the special service they offer their clients. They also explained further some other reasons for the increase in the price of their service.

Some people don’t cum quick. If you know you don’t release early you have to give her more money. You have to pay the girl well to make her happy,” one of the workers told JoyNews on the streets of Lapaz, a suburb of Accra.

Even though you did him fine, as far as he did not cum he will say you did not do it well and will not pay you more than the agreed price.

The sex workers say due to the above concerns, they have increased their charges by up to 100%.

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Joy News visited the following areas in Accra known as hotspots for the trade - Lapaz, Cantonments, Osu, East Legon, etc.

One of them, Vivian, said though sales were slowing down gradually, her income saw a brief uptick at some point in December last year as she “was taking ¢200 for short.”

But the new year came with a very uncomfortable situation, creating the need for a commensurate upward adjustment in her charges.

“There has been an increase in goods lately. To pay my rent is difficult now and because of that, I have increased my price,” she said.

Food these days is very expensive. I clothe myself, and the rest of that. So I can’t reduce my price.”

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But this insistence on not backing down on her new rates is now beginning to cut both ways.

This is because the same financial challenges that the country is facing are holding her clients from seeking her services.

“That is chasing my clients away,” she lamented.

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