By REBECCA KUKU
THE high cost of living and the scarcity of jobs on the market have led some women to resort to prostitution to earn a living, it has been revealed.
A woman, 28, who spoke to The National yesterday on the condition of anonymity, said some of them were killed but their cases never reported or investigated because of the clandestine nature of their work.
She said some of the unidentified female bodies at the Port Moresby General Hospital were of murdered prostitutes.
She urged people to understand that they were putting their lives at risk and selling their bodies on the street “out of necessity”.
“There are no jobs. Even university graduates are looking for jobs,” she said.
“I have a Grade 12 Certificate and got accepted at a university. But I couldn’t attend it because my family couldn’t pay my fees.
“I can’t find a job with my Grade 12 Certificate to take care of my family.”
She said housing rental rates were unaffordable, food was expensive.
“And in PNG, we take care of our own. My parents are old now and it’s my responsibility to take care of them. Many other women on the street also have their own reasons.
“Some need the money more so than me. They do it to pay medical bills or school fees, or to feed their children after their husbands ran off.
“So we put our lives at risk not because we are lazy, but because there are no other options.
“This is the only way we can take care of our loved ones, by selling ourselves on the streets.”
She said a couple of her colleagues went out with the wrong client and were never seen again.
“There is nothing much we can do. Prostitution is illegal. So how can we lay a missing person report at the police station or tell the police that our friend left with a client and was never seen again?
“We later hear that her body was found, or that it was dropped of the hospital morgue.
“It breaks my heart because these woman had dreams. But somewhere along the line, the system failed them, so they had to resort to this,” she said.
She said now even young men were joining the women in selling themselves on the streets.
“You wouldn’t believe the number of big women who come looking for young men on the streets.”
She urged church leaders who were ridiculing what they were doing to help their congregation members.
“While you buy yourself nice vehicles, a member from your congregation may be struggling. So help them before they start resorting to prostitution too.”
She also reminded the Government that “prostitution has been here since before the Birth of Jesus Christ.”
“It’s not something that can just disappear overnight. The Government should legalise and regulate it.”
“If the Government doesn’t want to legalise it, then it must start providing more job opportunities and increase the minimum wage rate.”
By REBECCA KUKU