Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

13 April 2013

Tanzania: Commercial Sex Workers Rounded Up

A SPECIAL police night-patrol exercise for hunting down commercial sex workers in Dar es Salaam has begun. An operation was carried out on Thursday night, 51 women were rounded up and accused of loitering and prostitution.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam , Kinondoni Regional Police Commander (RPC) Charles Kenyela said that the exercise was jointly carried out by the police and the militia from Kinondoni Municipality.RPC Kenyela mentioned the "hot spots" as Sinza near Corner Bar, Mwananyamala, Msasani Mikoroshini, and Kinondoni along Tunisia Road and Maisha Club.

According to the police chief, the accused who appeared before the Dar es Salaam City Tribunal, were charged with drugging clients and stealing from them. They were also accused of colluding with criminals to commit crimes.

He said that the operation targeted specific places where the business is taking place daily, adding that all suspects will be brought before the City Court .

Police in Kinondoni are appealing to women still involved in commercial sex to stop immediately instead and find legal businesses to do in order to avoid frequent arrests.

"Commercial sex working is criminal. These girls should think about starting decent income generation activities," said RPC Kenyela.An extensive survey done by this paper revealed the tricks involved by commercial sex workers and the kind of payments male clients make. It was reported that in at least ten different locations, each different tricks are used to extort cash from clients.

"The accused are taken to the city court and the maximum penalty is 50,000/-. The girls are extremely organised and are ready to bail out their colleagues," said one of the police officers during the survey.

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