17 sex workers are in police custody after personnel from the Ghana Police Service conducted raids in parts of Accra noted for the trade.
Director of Public Affairs at the Greater Accra Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge said the operation conducted by the Cantoments Police Station was carried out around Oxford Street, the Togo Embassy area, and the Akufo-Addo roundabout.
According to her, eight of those arrested are foreigners and nine Ghanaians.
“It is part of an ongoing exercise to rid the metropolis of criminal activities especially places noted for crime”, said DSP Tenge, adding that such offenders of the country’s laws won’t be spared.
Rampant street prostitution is rife in the capital city and Kumasi, Ghana’s second-biggest city.
Women and girls, with some as young as 14, are victims of a trafficking network that benefits several people from Nigeria to Ghana, according to a report published by independent researchers.