By Felix Andrew
THE government of Tanzania has named five regions which conducting sex trade, said the act is against the country’s law and promises to take stern measures against those involved including owners of houses where business conducted.
Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Hamis Kigwangala said the problem is big in some major cities of Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya and Dodoma.
The minister was responding to a question from Geita urban legislator, Constantine Kanyasu(CCM) in Parliament today, who wanted to know on the development of operation to nab women involved in prostitution across the country.
Responding, Dr Minister said it is true that Tanzania is facing a problem and has already started taking measures to address it.
“We at the ministry in collaboration with Police Force have been arresting them and prosecute since they are against the law,” he said.
However, Kigwangala did not mentioned total number of women who have been arrested, said the exercise also touches men who are involved in the dirty business.
“I urge the public that this exercise will leave no stone unturned, we shall arrest and prosecute all people involved in this business,” he said.
According to him, any people engaged in the business including those in same sex are liable to imprisonment of not less than 30 years.
He also revealed that the government has nullified some international organizations which ran their activities contrary to the African traditions.
Prostitution is illegal in Tanzania, for young women who engaged into a business should quit as the government continue new crackdown; Tanzanian authorities are targeting men who pay for sex from prostitutes as well as the women sex workers.