Sex workers, popularly known as ‘Ashawo’, in the Kumasi metropolis have increased their prices to catch up with inflation of goods and services and suit with the economic situation in the country.
According to them, the clothes, cosmetic products and pharmaceutical products, which they use to attract men and protect themselves, have been increased hence the need to increase their prices in order to stay in business.
They added that the increase in transportation fares and the prices of food products is taking a hard bite on their pockets.
In an interview with 3news.com, Amanda Williams (not her real name), a sex worker at the Dichemso Plaza, said in pidgin, “Ghana make hot well well. The time na I take come Ghana na everything good but naw everything worse. Food we dey chop and car wey we dey take go see our customers all increase high high.”
“Because of the economy, we too we increase wanna prices. Before na short be 50gh but now you fi pay 200gh sef and 700gh for all night,” she disclosed.
She further stated that hardship in the economy is making it difficult for their customers to patronize their services and as a result they are recording low sales.
“The men sef dey complain say money no dey. Some dey talk say dem no pay dema salary sef for some months now. The way we dey here so, before in the morning we fit get three men but naw we dey struggle to get one man sef for the whole day,” she bemoaned.
In an interaction with some of the sex workers, they said that they play a key role in the country because they help to maintain marriages and ease men of distress.
They, therefore, implored the government and relevant stakeholders to contribute their quota in reducing hardship in the country.
By Issah Zakariah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana