According Ghanaian born singer, eShun, policemen in Ghana sleep with Nigerian prostitutes as young as 15 years of age.
This singer made this known in an interview she granted on International Women’s Day in which she called on authorities in Ghana and Nigeria to put a stop to the increase of prostitution.
“You would see these ladies standing in some areas where prostitutes stand to engage in their activities. I have seen them in areas such as Wejia, Tema, Cantonment Roundabout, East Legon, Takoradi Vienna City, Kumasi Vienna City, Spintex Ecobank Area, etc.” eShun revealed.
“After speaking to many of the ladies, I discovered that several of them are Nigerians. The sad part of this is that most of them are very young girls between the ages of 15 and 16, maybe 17 years old”, the singer added.
Speaking on how the practice is denting the image of both countries, she said:
“I have learned a lot from the Nigerian music industry, been there countless times and Nigeria is and will always be a part of not just me but many Ghanaians.
“It is a beautiful country so it hurts to see these girls, especially at such a young age being involved in such activities.
“Anytime I see them I sometimes approach and talk to them, realizing how young some of them are, I imagine them being in school and doing something better with themselves.
“Even if it means going from door to door to do laundry, being a domestic worker to earn an income and start something on their own, perhaps even learn a trade to equip themselves for the future.
“This would be much better than engaging in commercial sex activities. I have younger sisters and seeing these young ladies is heart-breaking,” eShun lamented during the telephone interview.
On how the police seem powerless in fighting this practice:
“Sometimes you see the policemen around but the ladies continue their solicitation as though they were not around. I feel if the police were doing their job well, we as a nation may be able to curb this problem.
“I once asked a woman who sells food near one of the solicitation hot spots about the situation and she said even the police patronize their services.
“I can’t fathom why girls of that age who should be in school studying are on the streets practicing prostitution?” eShun wondered.