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This marked improvement in business dealings means that more foreigners now travel to the West African country. Yet, something disconcerting lurks underneath this international attraction — child prostitution. It is estimated that there is somewhere in the region of ,, underage prostitutes in Ghana — some as young as 9-years-old.
At the time, she had been working as a prostitute for three years. When she was years-old, Melphia travelled to the city because her parents could not afford to feed her and her 12 siblings. As soon as she got off the bus in Kumasi, a man approached her. Within hours, he had sex with her — an encounter that Melphia recounts as being so agonising that she could barely walk afterwards.
That man would later become her pimp. She sleeps for most of the day, and when night falls, she must go in search of men with whom to have sex. There are as many as five or more clients a night — both locals and tourists. Preference tends to be for the latter since foreigners pay more around 25 euros compared to roughly 5 euros that the locals pay , and are less likely to display signs of violence.
From time to time, girls turn up dead. The paltry amount that she is left with goes towards the rent for the tiny ramshackle hut which she shares with four other girls ; her one and only meal for the day; and her 5 minutes showers costing 20 cents in a roofless cement cell.
All of her worldly possessions fit into a single black bag. And it is not only the pimps who profit from the exploitation of these young girls. A seedy web of hotel owners, crooked authorities, and drug dealers are all entangled in the illicit industry. In some areas, girls are kept in brothels where clients knowingly seek them out. Almost a decade ago, a newspaper ran a story about a brothel, which employed minors.