16 January 2014

Liberia: Sex Trade 'Rampant' At Gold Mines

There is a reported inundation of commercial sex trade across the Southeast, specifically at alluvial gold mining sites that host several hundreds of citizens from all parts of the country.

This paper has been alerted of a report that could not be independently verified that several alluvia gold mine workers accused of their involvement in illicit mining activities are playing host to young and older women, roaming from one gold mine to another. They are said to be rooting and indulging into "sex trade".

According to the report, young Liberian women of school-going ages and above, troop to Gold mines in the name of doing business, but end up in engaging into untamed sexual life in return for gold or money.

What is most appalling, as the report has it, is the luring of some of these women into the practice by their peers. At a mining camp co-named "Philadelphia" (Philadelphia is a State in America) in River Gee County, it is revealed that both young and older women are signing up for "sex trade," openly bragging of the benefits they are accruing from uncircumcised prostitution.

Though commercial sex takes place not only at these gold mining sites, the extent and degree with which it is being approached and practiced by Liberian girls has reportedly surpassed imaginations and realities some business people from there have said also. This is in addition to the report.

Without any ounce of regrets, girls are said to be proudly making public pronouncements of their trade.

"We are prostitutes and any man who ventures in our "bosom" and refuses to settle us financially, will pay the price," a lady said to be famous in the trade was quoted as saying.

Several men who stubbornly refused to comply with prostitutes reportedly paid the price after they were taken to the local police station in the neighboring town of Dweken.

According to report, In November of 2013, three female were allegedly contracted as prostitutes from Ganta in Nimba County by the manager of a newly opened local motel with the understanding of going to

"Philadelphia" in Grand Kru County to ply the sex trade. Upon arrival at the camp, according to the report, the young ladies, were introduced to the local authorities to both the law enforcement and traditional leaders as a way of officially recognizing their presence there as sex workers.

An illicit gold miner told this paper in Zwedru recently that married women who troop in from Monrovia and other places with assorted items used same as coverups to transact "goodiesas- business-as-usual" at the various mining camps.

"People are over the place living loosed life, doing all sorts of things during the day in the bush and in the open, and they do not even care about what happen next; use very of drug and alcohol are the order of the day," the gold miner said.

He named some of the mines where prostitution is common place as Batrejen, Dako Forest, Gbeayouba,

Bandery, Bennel, Palm Hill and Papa Hill, all in Grand Gedeh County. That also includes gold mining camps in Deans Town in Bong County, Kplor District in Rivercess County, Kingjor in Gran Cape Mount County, Henry Town in Gbarpolu County and BokonJedeh in Sinoe County One of the young ladies in

Zwedru (name withheld) said she was into sex trade to support her children because her husband died few years ago.

"My children are growing up and their demands are increasing and I have no one to help me; so I usually go from one mining site to another with my small market to sell and find money the other way around to pay my children school fees and meet other needs," she added.

Those who spoke with this paper refused to be named.

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