The patronising of drinking places by teenagers who are also involved in illicit and commercial sex in Solwezi has reached alarming levels, the Youth Alliance for Development (YAD) has charged.
YAD executive director Luckson Mulumbi said there was need for proper regulations and enforcement of already existing laws around the registration of lodges as most brothels were registered as lodges.
“What we need are proper regulations both at the local level in terms of stronger by-laws and also at national level by formulating a framework that can allow us to track down brothels,” Mr. Mulumbi said.
He said weak regulations and enforcement of the law had greatly contributed to an increase in sex dens.
And Mr. Mulumbi has called on the law enforcement agencies to conduct public education around issues to do with commercial sex because as it was one way of enforcing the law.
He said police should ensure that the general public was aware that brothels and commercial sex were outlawed.
‘’Let the police use their public and social skills to reach out and interact with the public on issues to do with commercial sex which is normally practiced in these lodges or so-called brothels,” he said.
He warned youths especially young girls to stay away from illicit and commercial sex.
“The young girls should stay away from bars and should not be found in those places.This will force men to go back to their wives. We believe that the young people have a moral responsibility and a duty to play in ensuring that they do not indulge themselves in issues that harm their lives,” he said.