October 20, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
Residents of the Wellington Industrial Estate, east of Freetown, have lamented the spate of prostitution in the area, with teenage girls being the main actors.
Section Chief Pa Alimamy Kargbo of Old Wharf confirmed to Concord Times that the rate of prostitution in the area was so alarming that girls could be parading the streets every night looking for clients.
“Several complaints have been made by stakeholders and factory owners that the locality has been infested with prostitutes,” he said.
Chief Kargbo further said that he was shocked to see young girls opting for prostitution as a career, thus calling on the authorities to address the menace in the community. Pander estimates that there are 240,000 prostitutes in the country.
Meanwhile, Platoon Commander of the Rapid Reaction Force of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Lieutenant Dadis Koroma, told Concord Times that girls who are engaged in prostitution are from the community.
He said he and his men cannot intervene until they get instructions from the authorities.
One of the prostitutes who spoke on anonymity said she is engaged in the trade only to fend for her two children.