Think of the 20-day African Nations Cup as a public policy issues, especially in terms of health. With the arrival of thousands of football fans, footballers, their handlers and (let’s be honest) government officials, there is a fear of “sexual promiscuity and the spread of HIV/AIDS,” warns The Voice.
Other worries abound:
Frank Adu Poku, director general of the CID, said: “International sporting events have become fertile grounds for human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children.”
United Nations Fund for Population Activities will distribute 5,000 condoms at hotels. Will it be enough?
Sex workers are flocking to Ghana to cash in on the thousands of potential customers at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, which opened in Accra on Sunday.
Prostitutes, mainly from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Liberia and Benin have already joined their Ghanaian ‘sisters’ on the streets of the four venues — Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale — to do business.
“Hundreds of Nigerian girls suspected to be prostitutes are reported to have come in and rented apartments in Accra, where they will stay and work during the tournament,” Nathaniel Attoh of The Graphic Sports said.
According to Attoh, the largest numbers of ‘call girls’ are from Cote d’Ivoire and Togo, which share borders with Ghana.