By BERRY DINGHAN
PORT Moresby residents have been urged to report to police any illegal activities such as prostitution in their neighbourhood so they can be investigated immediately.
Met Supt Perou N’dranou was responding to concerns raised about the increasing cases of prostitution in the city, mostly during the day.
“Prostitution is illegal, but police cannot make any arrest on anyone on streets without any evidence,” he said.
“People (who lodge complaints of such illegal activities) have to come up with evidence (to have someone arrested),” he said.
“Evidence is important so it can be used in court (to prosecute someone),” N’dranou said.
The issue resurfaced last week after police warned foreign-owned nightclub owners to stop employing women for the purpose of prostitution.
Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Donald Yamasombi said police had been made aware of what had been happening in some nightclubs in Port Moresby and other urban centres.
He said they were closely monitoring activities and would arrest club owners if they were found to be involved in such illegal activities.
In Port Moresby, areas around 4-Mile are frequented by girls and “clients”. They have their own time and area of rendezvous.
At Koki, there is a spot frequented during the day time by couples, including students.
A female resident at 4-Mile told The National she had been “approached” a few times by male “clients” who thought she was involved in the illegal practice too.
She said they were mistaken as sex workers and approached by people in vehicles.
Another female said some women and girls in Boroko were afraid to walk alone along the road. They now walk in the company of others to do their business in Boroko.
She said her husband was beginning to feel suspicious of her because of the “unwanted” attention she had been getting from total strangers.
One claimed that the girls involved are usually between 18 and 30 who try to lure married men and “executives” in exchange for money and goods. Some of the women are young and pretty and target older men.
“They walk around the streets or stand in regular spots. For us normal women, it’s difficult to walk fast in such environment lest they think we are prostitutes as well.”
By BERRY DINGHAN