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Colonialism and the age-old profession: The case of a community in Ghana

Authors: Naa Adjeley Alakija Sekyi*, University of Cape Coast
Topics: Women, Africa, Qualitative Research
Keywords: Colonialism, Prostitution, Community
Session Type: Paper
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Prostitution is acknowledged as the age old profession. The practice is still a phenomenon of most nations worldwide.Prostitution often leads to pregnancy and unexpected babies. However, few studies have considered the maternity variable related to this practice. The study looked at the experiences of prostitute mothers and their children in a former colonial sit in Ghana. The research used the qualitative methodology by interviewing fifteen prostitutes from the Elmina community in the Central region of Ghana. The study focused on the impact of colonialism on the lifestyles of women as well as their children. The purposive and snowball techniques were used in selecting participants who discussed the impact of colonialism on their lifestyles which has equally informed their decisions regarding children they bore during the practice of prostitution. The results from the interviews were reported thematically. A thematic analysis found that colonialism has had a negative impact on the community where these women were born and thus the presence of the tourist sites such as the old castle and forts has greatly influenced their interest in the age old profession. However, they have put measures in place to ensure that their children do not adapt to these negativities. The study recommends that the government and other stakeholders should implement aggressive educational policies and scholarships for deprived communities such as Elmina in order to keep vulnerable young girls in school to equip them with knowledge and vocational skills to enhance their employability.

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