STUDENTS FROM Prempeh College in Kumasi ranked first among those from eleven institutions who patronize the services of prostitutes at Adum in Kumasi. Twenty students from Prempeh College were identified as active patrons in a survey conducted by The Chronicle over a period of three months, from January to March this year.
For the purposes of this exercise, tertiary institutions were classified Category A, while second cycle schools and JSS came under Category B and C respectively.
Prempeh College topped the list of all eleven institutions from all the three categories as well as Category B.
Surprisingly, Assem Boys JSS, which topped Category C scored 17, placing second on the overall list with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Kumasi Polytechnic (K-Poly) coming third and fourth respectively with 12 and 11 points (students). KNUST ranked high in Category A.
Ten pupils from K.O. Methodist JSS placed fifth and second from Category C with Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) securing the sixth position with 8 points while Kumasi High came seventh with seven points from the overall ranking.
There were five students from the Armed Forces Secondary School making the eighth position.
One student each from Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School (OKESS), Asanteman Secondary School and Kumasi Anglican Secondary School (KASS) vied for the ninth position.
The age group of students from Category A ranged between 19 and 23 and between 16 and 19 for those from Category B, while pupils under Category C (JSS) were between 14 and 16.
Pupils from Category C usually came in pairs and fancied threesome out of curiosity and adventure.
It was revealed that a group of four would want to take turns with a particular prostitute and later share experiences.
While some of the prostitutes would have nothing to do with their teenage customers, there are those who are only interested in the money and do not care much about the ages of their patrons.
A source at the brothels, who actually corroborated our findings, however indicated that all patrons, irrespective of their age group used condoms. They paid between ¢20,000 and ¢50,000 for the service.
Except for KNUST students and those from K-Poly who disclosed their identities to their clients, the rest were identified by their uniforms and crest on their breast pockets.
Katrina (not real name) told The Chronicle in an interview that it is disheartening to see school children in their uniforms come to the brothels for service. “ I do not have to encourage this because even though the trade is seen as an immoral one, taking money from teenagers in return for sex is more sinful.”
But Mimi says she does not have to discriminate among clients because “business is business."
It is unlikely that the findings will bring a smile to the face of moral crusaders and pastors like Dr. Mensah Otabil of the International Central Gospel Church.