The La District Court has directed that 24 Nigerian prostitutes practicing commercial sex work should be deported for soliciting sex in Osu, Accra.
They include Favour David-20, Nancy Victor-23, Angel Isaiah-23, Gloria Uyi-27, Chukwuma Olivia Chinyere-22, Jennifer James-27, Matilda Samuel-28, Ogbona Success-23 and Ibeh Mary- 20.
Others are Berry Michael-23, Angel Mbah-23, Eze Jane-23, Jenny Daniel-23, Joy Timothy-24, Comfort James-23, Eze Kelly-24, Lilian Ikpomwosa-26 and Joy Bolle-22.
All the accused pleaded guilty to the charge of soliciting or importuning by a prostitute.
The Court convicted them on their own plea.
The Court also issued a deportation order against the convicts back to their country.
24 Nigerian prostitutes to be deported
The Police were also tasked by the Court to liaise with the Ghana Immigration Service to deport all the convicts.
The facts as presented by Police Chief Inspector Doris Darko was that the convicts were all Nigerians.
The prosecution said for some time now Osu, a suburb of Accra, has been flooded with the activities of the convicts soliciting and importuning as prostitutes causing nuisance to members of the community.
It said on July 23, 2023 at about 10pm the Police conducted an exercise to clampdown on the activities of the commercial sex workers arrested from various points within Osu in the act of soliciting and importuning as prostitutes.
The prosecution said during investigation, they admitted the offence in their caution statements.
In Ghana, prostitution is a criminal act which attracts a fine or misdemeanor or both. The Criminal Code, 1960 (Act 29) defines prostitution to ‘(include) the offering by a person of his body commonly for acts of lewdness (sex) payment although there is no act of ordinary sexual connection.’
Women and girls from China, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso are also trafficked into Ghana for prostitution
The women face occasional violence from the customers, or more commonly refusal to pay