Prostitutes Invade Tamale
1/23/2008 12:16:09 PM -
UNLIKE OTHER venues where the euphoria of the Ghana 2008 tournament is at its apex, little or no fever of the fiesta is seen in the Northern regional capital, which is hosting the group D matches.
The influx of many females from neighbouring countries believed to be prostitutes has however characterized occurrences in Tamale, overshadowing anything related to football.
The women, numbering over 200, started arriving in the region last week from different directions.
It was when some of them started putting up with their compatriots and friends operating in similar businesses at night that the beans were spilled.
According investigations conducted by AILY GUIDE SPORTS, the women are neither football fans nor tourists.
It was gathered that prominent drinking bars and a hotel (name withheld) served as operational areas for these commercial sex workers who charge between GH¢20 to GH¢50 for a hot sexual bout.
The affluent ones, who are able to afford hotel accommodation, operate from their abodes while others resort to other means.
Though it was earlier announced that free condoms would be distributed during the event, a cross section of chemical sellers interviewed by DAILY GUIDE SPORTS revealed that they are making good sales of condoms and other libido boosters ever since the visitors started arriving.
The presence of these 'undesirables' in the region has kept most drinking spots and bars operating 24 hours.
The situation has however posed a challenge for those already in the business.
A source disclosed that there is a looming 'war' between the 'domestic' and 'alien' commercial sex workers.
The prostitution business in the Northern regional capital had gained notoriety even before the arrival of the visitors.
The latest was when two Fulanis clashed over a prostitute at a popular spot.
The football tournament, DAILY GUIDE SPORTS gathered, had attracted these 'alien experts' in prostitution to Tamale.
Though their stay may be short, it is learnt that they have targeted several thousands of Ghana cedis as proceeds of their operations by the time the tournament ends.
The Bank of Ghana Road and the Main Hospital Road opposite the Volta River Authority (VRA) have now become busier than they used to be, as these women accost any gorgeously-dressed gentleman that passes by.
Unable to speak the local dialect properly, some woo their clients through the sign language. Those who are lucky and can blend the French and English attract more customers.
Observers are worried that if care is not taken, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the region might escalate after the tournament.
Religious groups have risen against the canker in the region and called on security agencies to check activities of the commercial sex workers so as to portray a clean picture of the North to the visiting teams and their supporters. From Stephen Zoure, Tamale