In Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern Regional, which also happens to be in his area, child prosti.tut.ion has increased, according to Michael Okyere Baafi, a member of parliament for New Juaben South.
The MP claims that the s3x trade has grown by 40% in that area of his electorate, a worrying threat he is asking for assistance to end.
“Child prosti;;tuti.on cases are on the rise in Koforidua by 40%. Children between the ages of 12 and upwards are engaging in prosti”tuti’on. You must help us fight this canker. Some irresponsible adults have established brothels recruiting these young girls and s3xually exploiting them,” starrfm.com.gh quotes Okyere Baafi as saying.
According to the news website, he made the call while attending the Methodist Church’s 31st Night Service and joining Omanhene of New Juaben Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III to fellowship with the church.
According to reports, young girls between the ages of 12 and 19 who ought to be in school are typically spotted hanging around at prominent bars, pubs, nightclubs, and the area around Legion Hall in the evenings while wearing enticing gowns and asking for money in exchange for s3x.
Okyere Baafi pleaded with parents to utilize the free senior high school program to make sure their children receive a formal education so they may contribute to society.
In order to secure the future of the young people, the Eastern Regional Child Protection Committee (ECPC), which is also concerned about the trend, encouraged the district assemblies in the area to enforce the by-laws on child protection.