Commercial sex workers have resumed operations at some popular joints in the Tamale Metropolis following a ban on prostitution by the Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the region.
The Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) on 31st March, 2020 placed a ban on prostitution and it’s related activities after some 10 Guineans and Burkinabe tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamale.
The statement signed my the Northern Regional Minister and Chairman of REGSEC, Mr Salifu Saeed cautioned those engaged in the practice to desist immediately as a precaution measure to stem the spread of the dreaded disease.
“Those involved in the practice and its related activities within the region are therefore advised to seize any engagement in those acts, forthwith,” the Minister stressed.
However, a stroll through some of the joints by tamaleonline.net saw some young ladies engaged in the trade were busy attending to their clients who petronize their services.
The Nagasaki joint near the Tamale Police barracks is one of busiest places for commercial sex activities between the hours of 9pm till late.
Other notable places for such activities is the Alhassan Hotel, where these young females believed to be from neighbouring Nigeria, Togo and Ivory Coast parade themselves along the Bank of Ghana road.
Even though the ban has not been lifted, it appears the coast has been cleared for what has been declared a crime in the laws of Ghana to continue even more closer at the doorsteps of our security in charge of arresting perpetuators of the illegal act.
At the time of our visitations in Saturday night, 5th September, not only these joints and other brothels were busy operating, drinking spots and pubs were also opened to business amidst an indefinite ban by President Akufo-Addo until further notice.