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Sex, a commercial act in Liberia?
   
 
 
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Sex, a commercial act in Liberia?

 
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:48
 
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by Emmanuel Zawolo Suah
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In most cultures, sex is highly considered very sacred. Man or woman business, as it is known in the Liberia Society, was culturally respected, adorned and protected. Practiced only by people of maturity. No need to talk about sex especially where you are under age those days in Liberia. It was forbidden to discuss sex in the presence of kids or under age, but since the Liberia Civil war, the cultural and religious essence of sex has diminished; many young Liberians and some of the older ones are oblivious to this. They prematurely talk about sex and immorally practice it anywhere, without due diligence. Liberians have acculturated maybe from other cultures. People as young as 12, are having sex. Evil men are heartlessly having sex with babies as young as 8 months old. What are the reasons for this?

Many Liberians blame this to poverty and systematic breakdown of our culture as the results of the war. Some Liberians try to make reference to the proliferation of video clubs and the coming of cellphones in the country. Young people easily copy these ugly acts from watching videos (pornography); sometimes do anything to be part of the cellphone communities.

"Nowadays, it is easy to convince a girl or woman on a cellphone conversation than writing a letter those days. A letter will take few days before it can get to the recipient or it may not be delivered at all. Some of these young girls’ numbers accidentally enter in the hands of these coldblooded men who will freely have access to them", lamented a private security who works at one of those hotels in town.

Most of those people and things that were upholding the fiber of our culture was either dislocated or destroyed during the war; most of our chiefs and zoes were either killed or tortured in the war. Other blamed it on high level of employment in the country, no job opportunities. Most parents cannot afford some of those basic necessities for their children. Many reasons emerge from within all quarters of Liberia, generals or personals. Everyone has his or her own reason as it relates to illicit sex.

Hence, most young girls especially between the ages of 13-25 go out there to trade their bodies for material things, looking good and in many cases feed the home. Some of these girls trade their bodies to pay their fees in schools. Some older women who should be role models for these young girls are also found in this area of commercial sex. Some say that their boyfriends or husbands cannot afford to support home expenses. They have to trade their bodies to play the role of the boyfriends or husbands at home and meet some of their basic needs. In many cases, the boyfriends or husbands are cognizant of this ugly deed but they still accommodate it as a sole means of surviving. In some homes, men shy away from playing jealousy and in many instances they allow women to do whatever they like-extract marital affairs. "When the monkey is jammed ma man, it eats pepper", said a jobless man. "My wife has no more respect for me, she sits in my present and phone calls other men; in many cases she refuses me sex only because financially I cannot maintain the home", he added.

Most of this illicit sex are practiced in many localities in Liberia; both urban and semi-urban areas. It is prevalent in concessional areas, hotels, bars and night clubs for little or nothing. Some are similarly done within the communities-street corners; they even credit their customers. This means that the man does the sex and pays later either in 1-few days or based on mutual agreement. Sometimes, refusal to pay ends into confusion. The case sometimes goes to statutory authority for redress.

Commercial sex or how you may call it is getting very rampant in Liberia almost on a daily basis; drawing new members every day. Some of these girls, especially the younger ones (13-18) trade sex sometimes for less than 1 USD (60-75 LRD) per sex or 3-4 USD (200-350 LRD) to spend a night with a man.

These young people are future Liberian leaders. Majority of them are not in school, no skills and some of those who are enrolled, have little or no times for studying their lessons, they have to sometimes grades for sex or buy the grades with money from commercial sex. Liberia depends on these young people to contribute positively to its rebuilding process. It is very appalling that heartless men are destroying these young girls for little or nothing. Most of these ruthless men would not help a girl here until they have sex with her. They would not pay girl’s fees unless she gives her womanhood.

"I think I can use body to do whatever to help myself because my parentcan’t afford to send me to school or buy me basic material things that I need", said a 14 years old girl. She added: "My mom is a single mother of six children, so I have to do these things to help her too".

Many of these young girls almost carry the same story or reason for this illicit sex. The parents of some of them can afford, but they get involved into the act through peer pressure. They abandoned their parent’s home and prefer living on the street or with boy or girl friends.

"I always see my girlfriends with new stuff and they encourage me to go out with them; we go and have fine times in the night clubs and in any street corner-we drink nice alcohol and listen to good music and merry make. Best of all, this act enables us to eat good food and pay our rent", said a teenage mother. "What can we do my uncle? That’s the only opportunity we have now; we are making use of it. I tell you the truth, new members are adding onto us in this commercial sex every night", another girl made her point.

The National Government and partners have been making attempts to curtail this deviant act, but holistic mechanism of taking these young girls and women off this illicit sex is still a day dream. In fact most of these young women want this act legalized so that they will freely practice it anywhere here in Liberia.

Many young boys are abused for jobs and sole called better life by some heartless men in high places of opportunities. Most young men I talked to, told me that some personalities in Liberia society prefer to give any young man job in exchange of sex. As the results of these sole called fabulous opportunities, many young Liberians and some of the older ones too are falling prey to this act in order to meet their needs and wants. "Even though I am qualified but was turned down only because I refused for him to have sex with me", said a frustrated young Liberian man who informed me that he was refused employment in the Liberia Oil Sector on the basis that he did not agree to have sex with his would be employer.

Customarily or statutorily same sex is forbidden in Liberia; you are considered a societal deviance if you practice this act. Except by rumors, almost 99.9% Liberians have not seen a gay or lesbian person in the country. It is a rumored that they are used by many personalities in high place as conduit to abuse young people in the names of jobs and favors. In Liberia, this act is religiously and traditionally intolerable; the organic law also prohibits it.

To tackle these repugnant societal issues, the National Government and good partners must create the arenas that are feasible for equal and merited opportunities for all. Develop and implement holistic programs for our young girls and women and single parents to objectively minimize this ugly act; thus giving them the power to adequately contribute to the post war development of Liberia. It is now time that the Government and every well-meaning Liberians do less talking and put their words into actions if these corrupt sexual attitudes must be minimized here.

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