By Cecil Mensah
It appears the city authorities, after clamping down on the operations of the popular Soja Bar brothel in the Kokomele area of the Ayawaso Central Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, have gone to sleep as new mode of such brothels have sprung up in the Accra metropolis.
The Herald can report of some new forms of brothels in the city particularly, in areas like Dansoman, Accra New Town, Kokomele, Osu, Abeka-lapaz, Mallam, Gbawe, Madina, Mc-carthy Hill, Tantra Hill, Achimota and Lateibiokoshie.
The rest are the plush East Legon, Labone, Cantonments, parts of Tema and La- Apapa area, property owners have been operating these brothels under the cover of “Movie Houses” and charging between ten and forty Cedis for two hours use of the properties.
In certain areas around the Cantonments, it is even advertized with Very Very Important Person (VVIP) services where the operators provide the call girls who come and have sexual intercourse with the men that patronize their facilities under the cover of coming to watch movies in the secluded area.
It is the latest brothel industry in town operating on the blind side of the city authorities The Herald can report.
The mode of operations, is to create beautiful sign posts in front of the said properties telling prospective customers that, they can come and watch private movies in a private room for a fee on hourly basis.
Charges on use of such private rooms, ranges from ten Cedis to as high as fifty Cedis and more, depending on the facilities available in the room.
The Herald sources says rooms fixed air conditioners, bath and toilet facilities charge as high as fifty or more for a two-hour service whilst those without such facilities charge as low ten for the same hours.
The movie house business is fast becoming the booming enterprise in the sex trade industry in the Accra metropolis.
Interestingly, buildings that are used, are usually in secluded areas of town to offer some form privacy to the couple patronizing these services.
It is, however, not clear whether their operations have been licensed by the Ghana Tourist Authority (GTA), the hospitality and tourism governing body in the country.
Some patrons told The Herald that, the activities of the Movie Houses are booming, because licensed hotel operators, have pegged their prices in Dollars.
Even though the Bank of Ghana (BoG), has issued a stern warning against dollarization of Ghana’s economy; some big hotels in Accra, have blatantly disregarded the central bank’s directive and are pegging their prices in Dollars.
The BoG, has directed all institutions including, those in the hospitality industry to desist from pricing or accepting foreign currencies for their products.