Sex workers from Lusaka, CB, solwezi relocate to L/stone for UN meeting

Southern Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga has warned that police will arrest commercial sex workers who have allegedly started migrating from Kitwe to Livingstone ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in August.
Mrs Katanga said in an interview from Livingstone that police are aware that some commercial sex workers are migrating to the tourist capital and warned that police would deal firmly with them.
“If it means calling for reinforcement, we will do just that and I will make sure that I am on the ground personally to deal with these people.
“I will not allow commercial sex workers to conduct their illegal activities during the UNWTO general assembly. They must stay away from Livingstone, otherwise they will have themselves to blame,” Mrs Katanga said.
She said police would be on the ground to deal with anyone bent on causing anarchy during the UNWTO general assembly.
Mrs Katanga said the laws of Zambia on idling and disorderly conduct are clear.
She warned that sex workers will be “swimming in dangerous waters” if they attempt to conduct their illegal business in Livingstone.
“If we do not find appropriate charges to slap on them, we will throw them in jail. If they are migrating to Livingstone, we will also ‘migrate’ so that we can deal with them ruthlessly,” Mrs Katanga said.
And Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) Copperbelt regional co-ordinator Sharon Chisanga condemned the sex workers who have allegedly started migrating to Livingstone to “waylay” delegates to the general assembly.
“We are calling on police to arrest the sex workers who are migrating to Livingstone to cause confusion and embarrass the country,” Ms Chisanga said.
She said Government and its partners have spent a lot of money on preparing for the general assembly and commercial sex workers must not be allowed to hijack the event.
Ms Chisanga advised the sex workers to find something else to do for a living.
“The only help we can give these commercial sex workers is skills training and shelter if they are abused. Apart from that, we cannot side with them,” Ms Chisanga said.
Some commercial sex workers told this author on Tuesday that they are grateful that the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe won the bid to co-host the UNWTO general assembly.
They said the UNWTO general assembly has a life-time opportunity for them to make money.
Belinda Chikuma Situmba, 23, a commercial sex worker of Zamtan in Kitwe, said most of her friends have relocated to Livingstone to position themselves for the general assembly.
“The number of sex workers in Kitwe has reduced because most of our friends have gone to Livingstone to look for accommodation as they prepare for the event,” Ms Situmba said.
“We are fully aware about the UNWTO general assembly. It is one of the major events on our calendar. Government has helped us a lot with the campaigns it has been conducting on the UNWTO general assembly,” Ms Situmba said.
Another commercial sex worker who sought anonymity also said commercial sex workers from other parts of the country like Solwezi have started relocating to Livingstone while others intend to cross into Zimbabwe.

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