The Tumu township, capital of the Sissala East district of the Upper West region is gradually gaining notoriety in child prostitution a study by Social Initiative for Literacy and Development Programme (SILDEP) has revealed.
Chief Executive Officer of SILDEP Moses Dramani Luri disclosed that the child prostitutes operate in groups and are referred to as “Sexy vampires”, “Awilo”, and “Kampala” with operative slogans like “It is our business and men shall suffer”.
According to him, long distance heavy duty truck drivers from Burkina Faso are the clients for these child prostitutes and want measures put in place to curb this negative practice that has caught up well with the youth.
He also called on the security services, Chiefs and opinion leaders in the area to rise up and act in order to nib the practice in the bud.
Mr. Alidu Fuo, a Staff Nurse and an HIV Counselor at the Gwollu Hospital who sensitised the women on HIV and AIDS said in 2016 no HIV case was recorded during Antenatal Care Services at the hospital.
He noted however that in March 2016 nine HIV cases comprising three males and six females from the ages of 19 to 48 were recorded, adding that HIV/AIDs was therefore with them, hence the need for all to exercise sexual responsibility.